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September 18, 2010

Local companies among the best places to work

— Nine locally based companies are among the state’s best places to work, according to a new survey.

The annual top-100 list is based on an evaluation of hundreds of Pennsylvania companies and is heavily influenced by results of employee surveys, officials said.

The 2010 list is divided into two categories: Medium-sized companies that have 25 to 250 employees and large companies that maintain a work force of 251 or more.

Four employers from this region are among the winners in the large-company category:

• Concurrent Technologies Corp. of Richland Township.

• Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana.

• Home Nursing Agency, Altoona.

• Sheetz Inc., Altoona.

Edward J. Sheehan Jr., CTC’s president and chief executive officer, said his company – with a work force numbering more than 1,400 – is no stranger to the “best places” list.

“We’ve been included for 10 consecutive years,” Sheehan said. “And we’re one of only three companies statewide to do that.”

Among the winners in the medium category are five area companies:

• 1st Summit Bank, Richland Township.

• Wessel & Co., Johnstown.

• Somerset Trust Co., Somerset.

• Phoenix Rehabilitation and Health Services Inc., Indiana.

• Keller Engineers Inc., Hollidaysburg.

Somerset Trust maintains branches in Somerset, Cambria and Westmoreland counties.

The company employs more than 200.

“It is an honor and privilege to receive this award,” said G. Henry Cook, the bank’s president and chief executive officer. “Our staff works hard to serve our customers and communities so we can all benefit from an improved quality of life in our region.”

The “best places” list is a joint effort of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the state Department of Community and Economic Development and Central Penn Business Journal.

The awards are based partly on an evaluation of “a company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics,” officials said.

But the results of an employee survey constitute 75 percent of a company’s score.

At a Nov. 30 ceremony in Lancaster County, final rankings will be announced.

“Pennsylvania’s 100 Best Places to Work proves that companies can be successful when time and effort are invested in customers and employees,” said Austin Burke, state Department of Community and Economic Development secretary.

“These are dynamic workplaces that foster creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit.”


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