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(Steamboat Springs, Colo.) –SmartWool Corporation today was named to Outside magazine’s (www.outsideonline.com http://www.outsideonline.com/) third annual “Best Places to Work” list, for the third consecutive year. SmartWool was ranked No. 18 out of 50 selected companies. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.
Outside’s “Best Places to Work” list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org <http://outdoorindustry.org>) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com <http://bestcompaniesgroup.com>). The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. The Best Companies Group experts analyzed the results; who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees’ enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement.
“We are honored to be recognized by the outdoor industry as ‘One of America’s Best Places to Work’ for a third consecutive year.The naming speaks to the essence of the brand – the SmartWool culture, philosophy and most of all our employees,” says Mark Sackiewicz, president of SmartWool. “We are a high-performance company driven by employees who believe a balanced life is a rich life, and that philosophy touches every aspect of the business.”
“These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they’re all following the same enlightened path,” said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. “They’re successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive.”
The company was recognized for its employee-driven corporate social responsibility program, Leave My SmartPrint™ programthat provides employees with 40 hours of paid volunteer time.Other benefits recognized include a $10,000 adoption assistance program, $3,000 hybrid car purchase program, and alternative commuting program, activity benefits and an annual all-company ski day held at Steamboat Ski Resort.
ABOUT SMARTWOOL: SmartWool® is a leading performance brand offering wool-based apparel, socks and accessories. Nothing can compare to SmartWool® products for the ultimate in performance, comfort and easy care. SmartWool® fiber is superior at vaporizing moisture, controlling temperature and odor and is guaranteed not to shrink. It’s also a renewable resource that illustrates the design genius of evolution. For information on the full range of SmartWool® products or to find a dealer near you, please log onto SmartWool’s award winning website: www.SmartWool.com. SmartWool Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Timberland Company.
ABOUT OUTSIDE MAGAZINE
Outside is America’s number-one active-lifestyle magazine, with more than two million readers a month. For 30 years, we’ve been dedicated to covering travel, sports, adventure, health and fitness, as well as the personalities, the environment, and the style and culture of the world Outside. Along with many other accolades, Outside is the only magazine ever to receive three consecutive National Magazine Awards for General Excellence. Please visit us at www.outsideonline.com <http://www.outsideonline.com/>.
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ABOUT THE BEST COMPANIES GROUP
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, and regional basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.
ABOUT THE OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1989, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the premier trade association for companies in the active outdoor recreation business. OIA provides trade services for over 4000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the outdoor industry. Outdoor Industry Association seeks to ensure healthy and diverse specialty retail and supply chain based on quality, innovation and service. To this end, OIA works diligently to raise the standards of the industry; increase participation in outdoor recreation to strengthen business markets; provide support services to improve member profitability; represent member interests in the legislative/regulatory process; promote professional training and education; support innovation; and offer cost-saving member benefits. Search for outdoor-industry jobs is at OIA’s career center: www.outdoorindustry.org <http://www.outdoorindustry.org/>.