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Landscape Forms Recognized as one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces for 2008 by the Wall Street Journal and Winning Workplaces

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The Wall Street Journal has announced that Scanlon Leadership Network Member Landscape Forms is one of the Top 15 Small Workplaces for 2008, the second annual list of the best small workplaces in the U.S.

The Top Small Workplaces list, compiled in partnership with Winning Workplaces, a nonprofit whose mission is to help small and midsize organizations create better workplaces, showcases exceptional employers, including private, nonprofit and publicly held organizations that have built workplace environments that foster teamwork, flexibility, and professional growth while providing an atmosphere and benefits that encourage employee loyalty.

“These small businesses are leading innovators and role models for larger companies,” said Larry Rout, editor of the Journal Reports, The Wall Street Journal. “At a time when most employers are cutting back on employee benefits it is important to recognize those organizations that are creating environments that encourage productive behavior and expanding programs to keep employees happy.”

“The Top Small Workplaces have been in business an average of 42 years and have demonstrated that they can survive difficult economic times,” said Ken Lehman, Winning Workplaces’ founder and board chair. “By building strong cultures and gaining employee commitment to the success of the business, these organizations have thrived in good times and weathered bad ones. It is at times like these, with our nation facing almost unprecedented financial and economic challenges, that the real mettle of a strong workplace is demonstrated.”

The Journal and Winning Workplaces began accepting nominations last fall, receiving 782 eligible nominations, which were pared down to 35 finalists. To select the 15 Top Small Workplace winners, a national panel of small business experts chosen by the Journal and Winning Workplaces judged the finalists based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of their success in creating workplaces that nurture, challenge and reward employees.

News articles, slide shows and videos about the selection process and winners are available on wsj.com. As part of its continuing coverage of this year’s Top Small Workplaces, the Journal will be interviewing leaders of the winning companies every week in coming weeks on “Independent Street,” WSJ.com’s small business blog.

Hoshin Five AlignmentsBill Main, President of Landscape Forms (pictured) stated, “We are thrilled to receive this award, and developing our business according to the Scanlon Principles has helped us get here. But this is also a reflection of our incredible workforce. We’ve invested heavily in each other’s success, and I think the results speak for themselves. All of us at Landscape Forms look forward to continue learning from this proven method of creating and conducting business.”

Congratulations on this much deserved honor!

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