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November 30, 2012

Area workplaces among Pa.’s ‘best’

JOHNSTOWN — Somerset Trust Co. ranked second among large companies and Wessel & Co. of Johns­town was seventh among small firms in the “Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania” list.

“We are fortunate to have a professional, energetic and committed staff who bring a wealth of talent and knowledge to the table and every day work positively together as a team,” said G. Henry Cook, Somerset Trust president and chief executive officer.

“They honor our bank year after year by voting us onto the list of Best Places to Work. We are especially honored by this recent achievement.”

This is the eighth time since 2000 that Somerset Trust has made the annual list, sponsored by Team Pennsylvania Foundation. Last year, Somerset was 23rd.

This year’s Top 100 Best Places to Work included 79 small companies and 21 large companies. Large companies have 250 employees or more.

Ten other companies with facilities in the region also made the list. Team Pennsylvania Foundation joined the state Department of Community and Economic Development and the Central Penn Business Journal in announcing Pennsylvania’s 100 Best Places to Work during an awards ceremony Thursday at the Lancaster County Convention Center.

“Pennsylvania’s economic strength comes from its diversity, ranging from the small corner store to technology start-ups, hospitals and major manufacturers,” DCED Secretary C. Alan Walker said at the event.

“We are here tonight to celebrate our great employers throughout the state that make Pennsylvania great. They are really doing it right and creating a work environment that allows our hardworking and talented work force to flourish.”

Wessel & Co. identified its employees as the accounting firm’s primary asset, said Robert Eyer, chief executive officer.

“This honor denotes that we are getting a fabulous return on our investment in our employees,” Eyer said.

Last year, Wessel ranked 10th on the list.

The rankings are compiled from information supplied by the companies and follow-up interviews with employees. To be eligible, companies must have a facility in Pennsylvania and employ at least 25 workers.

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