Employers rate among nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For


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Editor's note: The list of national winners from West Michigan has been updated and corrected. The initial list was comprised of companies the association named as regional winners.

A large group of West Michigan businesses have been rated among the best places to work in the nation.

The Warren-based National Association of Business Resources, or NABR, announced last week its list of the 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation, and 58 employers in the region are on the list, up from 50 last year.

The awards program recognizes companies with the “most innovative and thoughtful approach to human resources.”

“National companies realize that their employees are key to business success,” said Jennifer Kluge, president and CEO, NABR. “They intentionally keep employee needs at the forefront of their policies. We are very impressed by the commitment that they have demonstrated to their employees.”

Program and methodology

This year's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation program honored 437 winning organizations from across the country, out of 2,000 nominations.

In addition to honoring all national winners, a new sub-category was introduced this year, the Top 101 national winning companies. These are the highest-scoring 101 winning companies out of the 437 total winners. Elite awards are also presented to the highest winning companies that demonstrated exceptional innovative human resource practices and set high standards for all businesses.

NABR evaluates companies based on 20 key metrics in various categories, such as employee benefits, recruitment process, development and treatment of employees and overall company performance.


The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation will be featured in the Feb. 8 online edition of Corp! magazine.

The companies will receive additional recognition as national winners at one of the regional Best and Brightest Companies to Work For awards symposiums in 2018: Grand Rapids, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego and Boston.

A national conference is in the planning process for 2019. 


The National Association of Business Resources said it “fosters a collaborative environment in which companies and leaders learn best practices, trends and vital information benefiting the company and its employees well beyond the finances.”

Through its Best and Brightest programs, NABR provides specialized business services, education and resources for businesses throughout the U.S.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation: West Michigan winners

Elite winners

Andy J. Egan Co. Inc.: Small Business Best of the Best Award

Buist Electric: Community Initiatives

Cascade Engineering: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions

Elzinga & Volkers Inc.: Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention

Consumers Credit Union: Strategic Company Performance

Top 101 winners

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Crowe Horwath

Greenleaf Trust

Humanex Ventures

Lake Michigan Credit Union

Life EMS Ambulance

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

OMNI Community Credit Union

Rockford Construction

Southwest Michigan First

Stryker Corporation




Acoustics by Design

Allied Business Services

Applied Imaging

Arbor Financial Credit Union

Baudville Brands

Bell’s Brewery

Belwith Products

Butterball Farms Inc.

Comfort Research

DK Security

Feyen Zylstra

FireKeepers Casino Hotel

Fleis & Vandenbrink


GNS America


Holland Hospital


Koops Factory Automation Systems

Legal Copy Services

Mel Trotter Ministries

Michigan First Credit Union

Michigan Office Solutions

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

OST (Open Systems Technologies)

Parker Hannafin

Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services

Regal Financial Group

Schupan & Sons Inc.


Service Express Inc.


St. Ann’s Home


Total Quality Logistics

Triangle Associates Inc.

Trillium Staffing Solutions

Willis Law


WSI Talent

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