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Baudville acquires Atlanta-based hi5 Recognition

November 16, 2012
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Baudville, an employee recognition solutions provider, has acquired Atlanta-based hi5 Recognition –– a move the company expects will result in new jobs at its Grand Rapids headquarters.

“This is truly an incredible opportunity for our customers, employees and stakeholders,” said Baudville President and CEO Brad Darooge. “We feel the acquisition of hi5 Recognition will help us achieve our aggressive growth initiatives in new and existing markets.”

The acquisition will expand Baudville’s service awards and performance incentives operations. The company will now offer hi5 Recognition’s web-based service and performance award platform to increase its employee-recognition options.

“We will enhance Baudville’s current offering with an innovative approach to improving customers’ culture through awards for service, performance, wellness, safety and more,” said Darooge. “hi5 is very different than all the other programs that are out there, and we are thrilled to bring it to the market.”

Prior to the acquisition, Baudville had a staff of more than 80 employees and has helped more than 200,000 customers over its 25-year history recognize employees for day-to-day contributions. hi5 Recognition also has a long history of helping its global customer base transform their work culture through employee recognition.

The company is currently focused on integrating hi5’s operations and services with its own, and expects an official program launch in January 2013.

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