Qualified and talented employees are essential to a company’s success. Every year companies are striving to keep these employees through innovative human resources practices. Those companies that do it the best have been named a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For winner for 2013. This year, among 100 others, Kuraray America, Inc. was honored for the first time.

The winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. They include 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; Strategic Company Performance.

With more than 10 years of experience conducting Best and Brightest Company competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best HR practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.

“Nationally recognized award recipients keep innovative human resource initiatives at the forefront of their company culture and make it a priority to consider their workforce as an essential aspect in their company success,” said Jennifer Kluge, National Association for Business Resources President, which presents the program. “Our list of nationally recognized companies has grown significantly this year. We are proud to recognize and honor these winning companies.”

Of recent, Kuraray has been growing rapidly, both in headcount as well as their portfolio. In 2012, Kuraray purchased Monosol and shortly after announced the groundbreaking of a Kuraray Poval (polyvinyl alcohol) plant in Houston, Texas. This new plant will bring over 100 jobs to the Houston area and was awarded the Texas Enterprise Fund through the Governor of Texas’s office.

2013 National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™ Winners

Accruent LLC
Acoustics By Design, Inc.
Advanced Resources
Allied Business Services, Inc.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Andy J. Egan Company
AnnieMac Home Mortgage
Applied Imaging
Ashley Ellis
Baudville, Inc.
Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Brown & Brown of Detroit
Burwood Group Inc.
Care Communications, Inc.
Carson City Hospital
Celergo LLC
Centre Technologies
City of Atlanta
College Works Painting
Community Counseling Centers of Chicago
Computerized Facility Integration, LLC
Consumers Credit Union
Content Active
Conway MacKenzie, Inc.
Coretek Services
Cram Crew
Credit Acceptance
Crowe Horwath LLP
CSM Group Inc.
CTS, Inc.
DASE Consulting
Daugherty Business Solutions
DFCU Financial
Dodge Communications
Educational Data Systems Inc (EDSI)
Elzinga & Volkers Construction Professionals
Enesco, LLC
Epitec, Inc
EVC Scottsdale
Express Employment Professionals
Farbman Group
FONA International, Inc.
Foundation Financial Group
Gables Residential
G-Force Shipping
GiftCard Partners, Inc
Grand Rapids Label Company
Greeley & Hansen
Greenleaf Hospitality Group
Greenleaf Trust
Harley Ellis Devereaux
Holland Hospital
Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn, LLP
Hotze Health & Wellness Center
HUMANeX Ventures
IfbyPhone, Inc.
ImageSoft Inc.
Impact Networking, LLC
Inergy Automotive Systems
Inktel Contact Center Solutions
Jumpstart for Young Children
Kelco Industries
Keystone Resources, Inc.
Kuraray America Inc.
LaSalle Network
Law Weathers & Richardson PC
Level One Bank
Life EMS Ambulance
LNE Consulting, Inc.
Marquette General Health System
McGraw Wentworth, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
Medical Research Consultants (MRC)
Metro Health Hospital
Michigan Office Solutions
Mill Steel Company
MSU Federal Credit Union
Mutual Trust Financial Group
National Futures Association
NCSA Athletic Recruiting
Nemeth Burwell PC
Noah Consulting LLC
Now Health Group Inc. (Now Foods Inc.)
Obsidian Technical Communication
Omni One
OpTech, LLC
PBD Worldwide
PM Environmental Inc.
Porter Hills Retirement Communities & Services
Potestivo & Associates, PC
Professional Benefits Services Inc.
Prominence Advisors
Rise Interactive
Ryan LLC
Schechter Wealth Strategies
Schupan & Sons, Inc.
Sears Hometown & Outlet Store, Inc.
Seco Tools Inc.
Service Express, Inc. (SEI)
Shoemaker Financial
Shop Smart LLC
Shure Incorporated
Skanska USA
Sonoma Partners, LLC
Southwest Michigan First
Spartan Stores
Spot Trading, LLC
SWC Technology Partners, Inc.
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, USA, Inc
Taylor’s Special Care Services, Inc.
Team TAG
The Comprehensive Group
The Intersect Group
The Marketing Store
The Taubman Company
The University of Michigan Athletic Department
UHY Advisors MI, Inc.
Underground Elephant
United Shore Financial Services
w3r Consulting
Walker Marketing & Consultants
Wesco Inc.
WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
Xcution, Inc.