AWB – 2nd Annual Evening Of Excellence

SEL – Best Employer In  Washington

SEL - AWB Employer Of The Year

SEL – Kelly Fukai

The Association of Washington Business (AWB), the state’s largest and oldest business association, presented Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories in Pullman Employer of the Year at the group’s second-annual Evening of Excellence at Benaroya Hall in Seattle November  29.

Selected from 18 finalists, SEL was recognized for exemplifying the innovation, community spirit and environmental stewardship that make Washington a great place to live and work.

“The award finalists – from a world-renowned national lab to a local skin-care product manufacturer – illustrate the diversity and innovation of Washington state’s employers,” said AWB President Kris Johnson. “Each of them were deserving of praise and recognition for all they do to improve lives, strengthen communities and create economic opportunity here and around the world.”

Employer of the Year, one of six award categories that align with AWB’s Mission and Vision statements, recognizes an employer that has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and/or compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment.

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)

SEL in Pullman, which designs and builds digital products that protect power systems around the world, took home the Employer of the Year award for its commitment to its employee-owners and the community. The company is expanding its Pullman facility, creating an additional 850 jobs, and is a first-adopter of on-site, no-copay employee health clinics in 2012 to serve its employees and their families. The company is 100 percent employee-owned.

Other AWB Award Recipients

Entrepreneur of the Year (Bellingham-based Aslan Brewing)

Given to an entrepreneur whose business is less than five-years-old and has made a significant impact in their industry.

Achieve Award (Richland-based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Recognizes a business that has excelled in creating, implementing or supporting a high-caliber education and/or workforce development system aligned with closing the employment gap.

Connect Award (Tumwater-based Alaffia)

Recognizes a business whose products and/or services have positively impacted the way in which Washington employers and communities are connected to each other and the world.

Leading Environmental Practices Award (Earth Friendly Products)

Recognizes a business that has placed a priority on environmental improvement, education or outreach to its business sector and/or community.

Advance Award (Seattle’s A&R Solar)

Recognizes a business that has had a significant cause-oriented impact in its sector and/or community and contributed to the advancement of the economy.