Employers rate among Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in West Michigan


A look inside Rockford Construction’s headquarters on Grand Rapids' West Side. Photo via aiami.com

A national association has rated a large group of organizations as the best places to work in West Michigan.

The Warren-based National Association of Business Resources, or NABR, will honor nearly 150 employers at West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards banquet on May 3 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, at 235 Louis St. NW.

Winners were selected for having “the most innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources” in their categories: large (301 or more employees); medium (101-300 employees); and small (100 or fewer employees).

“Companies that recognize that their employees are the key to their success achieve staying power,” said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO of Best and Brightest programs, NABR. “Our 2018 winners create their human resource standards to ensure employee satisfaction, and they set standards for every business to aspire toward.”

At the event, the association will present the awards and reveal a group of 13 “elite winners,” as well as an overall Best of the Best.


An independent research firm evaluated nominated companies based on numerous metrics: compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee education and development; recruitment, selection and orientation; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.


People can register by contacting the NABR at (866) 321-1822 or visiting 101bestandbrightest.com.

Admission to the awards luncheon and symposium is $175. Tables for 10 are available for $1,750. Recognition as a table sponsor with 10 tickets is $2,000.

Best and Brightest

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For program is designed to allow the business community the opportunity to gain recognition, showcase best practices and demonstrate why they are an ideal place for employees to work.

The program operates on a national level and regionally.

Awards are presented in multiple markets: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area and West Michigan.

West Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For

Large employers: 301 employees or more

Advia Credit Union

AmeriFirst Home Mortgage

Applied Imaging


Bell’s Brewery

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Buist Electric

Cascade Engineering

Clark Retirement Community



Hastings Mutual Insurance Company

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

Holland Hospital

Hope College

Lake Michigan Credit Union

Life EMS Ambulance

Macatawa Bank

Metro Health University of Michigan Health

Metron Integrated Health Systems

MSU Federal Credit Union

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

Porter Hills

Rockford Construction

Schupan & Sons


Suburban Inns

Sunset Retirement Communities & Services

The Kendall Group


Zeigler Auto Group

Medium employers: 101-300 employees

4Front Credit Union

Adventure Credit Union

Air Lift Company

Allied Finishing

Arbor Financial Credit Union

Armstrong International

Baudville Brands

Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance Agency

Butterball Farms

C-4 Analytics

Coldwell Banker


Comfort Research

Consumers Credit Union

Crowe Horwath

Crown Motors

DK Security

Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals

Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering


Flow-Rite Controls

GMB Architecture + Engineering

Haviland Enterprises

Hub International

Imperial Beverage

Kent Companies


Mercantile Bank of Michigan

Michigan Office Solutions

Northpointe Bank

OMNI Community Credit Union

OST (Open Systems Technologies)

Paragon D&E

Plante Moran

Progressive AE


Service Express Inc. (SEI)

St. Ann’s Home



Triangle Associates

United Bank of Michigan

Small employers: 100 employees or fewer

a.j. Veneklasen

Acoustics By Design

Allied Business Services

Andy J. Egan Co.

Axios HR

Baker Holtz, CPAs and Advisors

Barnes & Thornburg

Beene Garter


Boxed Water is Better

Brink, Key & Chludzinski

Broadmoor Motor Sales


Charter Capital Partners


CTS Telecom

Dan Vos Construction Co.

DFCU Financial

Easter Seals – Michigan

EQI Ltd.

Express Employment Professionals

FormulaFolio Investments

Garrison Dental

GNS America

Grand Rapids Metrology

Greenleaf Hospitality Group

Greenleaf Trust

Hastings City Bank

Highland Group

HNI Risk Services

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn

HUMANeX Ventures

Hungerford Nichols CPAs + Advisors

Innovative Client Connections

InsITe Business Solutions

ITS Partners

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kesslers Diamonds

Knight Watch

KSS Enterprises

Lakewood Construction

Lambert, Edwards & Associates

Legacy Trust

Legal Copy Services


Mel Trotter Ministries

Michigan First Credit Union

Midstate Security Company

Mill Steel Company

Mobile Defenders

Nugent Builders

OptiMed Health Partners



Robroy Enclosures

Seaman’s Mechanical

SecurAlarm Systems

Service Professor

Soils & Structures

Southwest Michigan First

Sun Title Agency

Symplicity Communications

The C2 Group

The Wiser Financial Group

Total Quality Logistics

Trillium Staffing Solutions

Trivalent Group


UFP Technologies



Willis Law

Windemuller Electric



Yeo & Yeo CPAs & Business Consultants

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