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Three Fort Wayne companies named in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's 'Best Place to Work in Indiana' list

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The Indiana Chamber of Commerce released its annual “Best Place to Work in Indiana” list earlier this week, and three Fort Wayne companies were selected.

Design Collaborative, Ash Brokerage Corp. and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Co. were all selected by the Chamber, which takes a comprehensive look at employee surveys and employer reports. All companies received an in-depth evaluation highlighting the strengths and weaknesses according to their employees.

Pat Pasterick, president at Design Collaborative, said it’s great to see Design Collaborative be honored, but it’s equally exciting to see other Fort Wayne firms named, too.

“It helps us all benchmark what’s important and what’s not. We start to understand what our employees like, and it’s just a really useful tool. Every year we get a sense of what’s good, bad and ugly, and it also gives us a sense of how our office is trending with other offices in the state,” Pasterick said.

Out of the 100 companies that applied, 27 companies were new honorees. However, both Ash Brokerage and Brotherhood Mutual have been honored a few years in a row, giving them an additional honor of being named to the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame companies are those that have been named a Best Place to Work in Indiana at least two-thirds of the time in the program’s history. Only 23 organizations on the 2014 list meet that standard.

This year saw the most number of applicants ever for the program, said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar in a press release.

“We have a lot of great employers in Indiana that are providing a productive, employee-friendly work environment that also leads to success for the organization. We are happy to recognize those companies which took part in the program and encourage even more companies to join the process for 2015.”

The Best Companies Group, which handled the selection process, performs similar studies in 21 other states.

Actual rankings for the 100 companies will be unveiled at a May 1 awards dinner, presented in partnership with Hylant, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The 2014 Best Places to Work in Indiana awards dinner is open to the public. Individual tickets and tables are available at www.indianachamber.com/specialevents.

For more information on the Indiana Chamber’s Best Places to Work program, go to www.bestplacestoworkIN.com.

The 2014 Best Places to Work in Indiana companies listed in alphabetical order, no ranking:

Small companies with 15 to 74 employees

Company / Primary Indiana Location

Apex Benefits / Indianapolis

Bassemiers Fireplace Patio and Spas / Evansville

Bierman ABA Autism Center / Carmel

BlueSky Technology Partners / Noblesville

Borshoff / Indianapolis

Catalyst Product Development, Inc. / Indianapolis

Conner Insurance / Indianapolis

Courseload, Inc. / Indianapolis

Cripe Architects + Engineers / Indianapolis

Cushman & Wakefield/SUMMIT / Indianapolis

Delivra, Inc. / Indianapolis

Design Collaborative, Inc. / Fort Wayne

Diverse Staffing / Indianapolis

Diverse Tech Services, Inc. / Indianapolis

E-gineering, LLC / Indianapolis

FirstPerson / Indianapolis

Formstack / Indianapolis

Hanapin Marketing / Bloomington

Hollingsworth & Zivitz, P.C. / Carmel

Iasta.com, Inc. / Carmel

IDSolutions / Noblesville

Indesign, LLC / Indianapolis

Indiana CPA Society / Indianapolis

Indianapolis Indians / Indianapolis

Indigo BioSystems, Inc. / Indianapolis

Inovateus Solar LLC / South Bend

JA Benefits, LLC / Bedford

Leaf Software Solutions / Carmel

Mainstreet / Carmel

National Trade Supply, LLC / Greenwood

netlogx / Indianapolis

Network Solutions, Inc. / Granger

Oak Street Funding / Carmel

One Click Ventures / Greenwood

PolicyStat / Carmel

Private Fleet Backhaul / Anderson

sgSolutions, Inc. / West Terre Haute

Swagelok Indiana / Indianapolis

TinderBox / Indianapolis

Wessler Engineering / Indianapolis

Wilson Kehoe Winingham / Indianapolis

Medium Companies with 75 to 249 employees

Company / Primary Indiana Location

Allegient, LLC / Indianapolis

Apparatus / Indianapolis

Community Bank Shares of Indiana, Inc. / New Albany

Elfcu, Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union / Indianapolis

Financial Center / Indianapolis

Gibson / South Bend

HardingPoorman, Inc.* / Indianapolis

MJ Insurance, Inc.* / Indianapolis

MOBI Wireless Management / Indianapolis

Moser Consulting Inc. / Indianapolis

OurHealth / Indianapolis

Peoples Bank SB / Munster

Project Lead The Way / Indianapolis

Purdue Federal Credit Union / West Lafayette

Schmidt Associates* / Indianapolis

Software Engineering Professionals, Inc. / Carmel

Somerset CPAs* / Indianapolis

United Consulting* / Indianapolis

United Leasing Inc. / Evansville

United Way of Central Indiana / Indianapolis

Visiting Nurse and Hospice of the Wabash Valley / Terre Haute

Large Companies (250-999 U.S. employees)

Company / Primary Indiana Location

Appirio / Indianapolis

Ash Brokerage Corporation* / Fort Wayne

Blue & Co., LLC* / Carmel

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company* / Fort Wayne

Centier Bank* / Merrillville

Draper Inc. / Spiceland

Duke Realty / Indianapolis

FORUM Credit Union / Fishers

Fusion Alliance* / Indianapolis

Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PC* / Indianapolis

Hancock Regional Hospital* / Greenfield

Hosparus Inc. / New Albany

Hylant / Indianapolis

Katz, Sapper & Miller* / Indianapolis

Kendall Electric, Inc. / Multiple

Magna Powertrain / Muncie

Monarch Beverage / Indianapolis

Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.* / Indianapolis

Sikich LLP / Indianapolis

Traylor Bros., Inc. / Evansville

Major Companies with 1,000 plus employees

Company / Primary Indiana Location

Aerotek / Indianapolis

Cassidy Turley* / Indianapolis

Columbus Regional Health* / Columbus

Eaton Corporation / South Bend

Edward Jones* / Statewide

Emmis Communications Corporation* / Indianapolis

ExactTarget* / Indianapolis

Hendricks Regional Health / Danville

Hilliard Lyons / Multiple

Horseshoe Casino Hammond / Hammond

Interactive Intelligence* / Indianapolis

Microsoft Corporation / Indianapolis

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. / Indianapolis

RCI* / Carmel

Total Quality Logistics / Indianapolis

Union Hospital, Inc.* / Terre Haute

WestPoint Financial Group* / Indianapolis

WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone / Evansville

*Hall of Fame companies


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