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West Michigan companies rank among 'America's Best Employers'

April 24, 2015
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A group of companies in the region are considered some of “America’s Best Employers.”

Based on a survey of 20,000 American workers conducted in partnership with, Forbes released its 2015 “America’s Best Employers” ranking last month, which features three West Michigan-based businesses among 500 large organizations: Kellogg Company at No. 296; Stryker at No. 305; and Access Business Group at No. 461.

The ranking is based on the probability of an organization’s workers recommending the employer or industry to a potential employee.

Regional employers

The West Michigan companies represent several of the ranking's industry categories: food processing, medical equipment and business services and supplies.

With more than 30,000 employees, Battle Creek-based Kellogg also ranks No. 65 on Forbes’ 2014 “World’s Most Valuable Brands” ranking and brought in roughly $14.6 billion in sales for 2014.

With roughly $9 billion in sales and nearly 25,000 employees, Stryker, the Kalamazoo-based maker of medical equipmnent and devices, had a market cap of $30.97 billion as of May 2014.

Ada-based Access Business Group specializes in contract manufacturing for personal and home care products.

The survey

Companies included in the survey have at least 2,500 workers.

The workers were asked anonymously through a number of online panels to rank their company on a scale of zero to 10.

Other Michigan employers

A number of Michigan-based organizations also rank in this year’s “America’s Best Employers” ranking: University of Michigan Health System; state of Michigan; Ford Motor; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Bosch; Quicken Loans; University of Michigan Ann Arbor; Penske Automotive; Sparrow Health System; DTE Energy; Masco; Con-Way; Jackson National Life Insurance Company; General Motors; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; and Dow Chemical. 

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