Richards Industries
Counting Employees First
Richards Industries produces a variety of industrial valves for the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical and food processing industries. The company offers benefits such as profit sharing, regular employee dinners, golf outings, picnics and more. “We continue to remain committed to providing an invigorating workplace that offers stability, the opportunity for growth, and the kind of atmosphere where folks feel they do more than just make a living,” notes president Bruce Broxterman of his company culture. “We are working to provide a place where our team can thrive.”

“Especially during a tough economy, it’s important to us to continue to foster an environment where our employees can count on stability, they are successful and happy,” adds Cheryl Koopman, vice president for human resources. “We continue to be committed to working full 40-hour weeks and no lay-offs.”

COMPANY: Richards Industries
LOCATION: Hyde Park / Oakley
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: Private
FOUNDED: 1948
NUMBER OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES: 150
CEO/PRESIDENT: Bruce Broxterman
WEB ADDRESS: www.richardsind.com
MANUFACTURES: Specialty industrial valves
 
Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc.
A Family Tradition
At Clippard Instrument Laboratory, the employees include six third-generation family members. That family influence no doubt affects how the company — which produces pneumatic components such as cylinders, control valves, modular valves, electronic valves and fittings — views its employees.

“We believe a family business should be a place where people want to work, and love to work,” says executive vice president Robert L. Clippard. “Recognizing the worth and contribution of every individual is behind our motto: ‘Quality People, Quality Products.’”

Benefits include a profit sharing plan, a health plan with dental and vision coverage, a health savings plan, disability and life insurance, tuition reimbursement and holiday bonus and gift.

“More than anything, I have found Clippard to be an easy company to work for,” notes Jean Walpole, a 25-year employee.
 
COMPANY: Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc.
LOCATION: Colerain Township
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: Private
FOUNDED: 1941
NUMBER OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES: 216
CEO/PRESIDENT: William L. Clippard III
WEB ADDRESS: www.clippard.com
MANUFACTURES: Pneumatic components
 
Lafarge North America Inc.
Caring for Community
Lafarge North America Inc. cares for its employees by empowering them to care for their community. The company received a lot of negative media attention when it moved to the small town of Silver Grove a decade ago. Many local residents were wary of the changes the building materials plant could bring. Today, residents’ opinions have changed drastically and Lafarge and its employees pride themselves on being a leading change agent in the Silver Grove community.

“Although we faced initial challenges with the community,” explains operations manager Craig Ferry, “our responses have shown that we are committed to being the best corporate citizen to Silver Grove and Campbell County.” The company has purchased a training simulator for the fire department, helped out the local convent, and created an outdoor learning center and wildlife habitat.
 
COMPANY: Lafarge North America Inc.
LOCATION: Silver Grove
PRIVATE OR PUBLIC: Public (NYSE:LR)
FOUNDED: 1833
NUMBER OF LOCAL EMPLOYEES: 200
CEO/PRESIDENT: Bruno Lafont
WEB ADDRESS: http://www.lafarge.com/
MANUFACTURES: Wallboard, building products