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Team Pennsylvania Foundation announced Pennsylvania’s 100 Best Places to Work during an awards ceremony  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 , “ said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker. “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 workforce to flourish.”

Team Pennsylvania is a founding partner and an ongoing lead sponsor of Best Places to Work since the program began 12 years ago.

“Team Pennsylvania Foundation is proud to sponsor a program like the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania competition as we celebrate and honor companies that create a positive work environment for its employees,” said Matt Zieger, President and CEO of Team Pennsylvania Foundation. “This program is also a benchmark tool for businesses in the commonwealth; it is a high standard of achievement and a distinction that makes businesses more attractive to their clients and potential employees.”

The Best Places to Work in PA includes two groups of companies: 71 small/medium-sized firms with 25-249 employees and 29 large-sized companies with 250 employees or more.

The rankings are compiled through research via a survey that’s sent to employers and employees from hundreds of companies in the commonwealth. Using a formula similar to Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” the Best Companies Group scores the workplace practices survey along with the employee survey and each Best Places to Work candidate is given an overall score.

To be eligible, participating companies must:

• Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business;
• Be a publicly or privately held business;
• Have a facility in Pennsylvania;
• Have at least 25 employees in Pennsylvania; and
• Be in good standing with all commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction.

“We recognize companies during this event that strive for and create a positive and rewarding work environment through innovative practices,” said David A. Schankweiler, publisher, Central Penn Business Journal. “By recognizing these outstanding companies, we are promoting Pennsylvania as a leader in the business community.”

 Northeast Pennsylvania companies:

Small-/Medium-Sized Companies (25 to 249 employees)

Rank 35: Miners Bank, Pottsville, Schuylkill
Rank 61: Keystone Insurers Group Inc., Northumberland, Northumberland
Rank 67: Peoples Neighborhood Bank, Hallstead, Susquehanna

Large-Sized Companies (250 and more employees)
Rank 9: Benco Dental, Pittston, Luzerne
Rank 14: Travelocity, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne