Benco Dental Named "Best Place to Work" For Fourth Consecutive Year

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Progressive Pennsylvania-based firm ranks in top-30 four out of four times.

WILKES-BARRE, PA (PRWeb) December 6, 2006 -- Benco Dental, the nation's fastest-growing independent distributor of dental products and equipment, was honored as being among the best places to work in Pennsylvania for the fourth consecutive year during a ceremony held on November 28th in Hershey, PA.

Out of 50 companies classified as "large-sized," Benco Dental emerged as #28 on this year's list of "Best Places to Work in PA." To be classified as a large-sized company, a firm must employ over 250 employees. Benco Dental employs approximately 1000 associates: 416 in Pennsylvania, and the rest in 30 additional states.

"According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, Pennsylvania has over 271,000 employer firms," said George Rable, Benco Dental's Vice President of Culture & People. "To be named among the top few is something we're all proud of because it reflects our ongoing commitment to providing employees with a challenging and rewarding work environment."

Richard S. Cohen, Executive Vice President, said, "Benco Dental offers a culture that empowers associates to improve not only their workplace, but also the service we offer to customers." Employees are encouraged to submit their suggestions and ideas, and money is added to the company's profit sharing pool for each idea that is implemented. In addition, employees are rewarded for above-and-beyond performance with gift cards redeemable at retail stores like Macy's, Best Buy and dozens more.

The Best Places to Work in PA program is a joint effort organized and sponsored by the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the Central Penn Business Journal.

It is the result of an extensive study conducted by ModernThink, a partner of the Best Companies Group. Nominees must distribute a standardized survey to 250 randomly selected employees. In addition, the company must complete a summary of their corporate culture, benefits, systems and demographics. Only after that information is reviewed can a company be considered for inclusion among the honorees.

About Benco Dental

Benco Dental is the nation's fastest-growing independent dental distributor, selling supplies, equipment, and consulting services. The company is headquartered in Wilkes-Barre, PA and serves over 20,000 dental practices and laboratories in 31 states. Founded in 1930 and focused on a unique mission to "deliver the Benco Difference: be accountable, create Benco boosters, grow customer earnings and continually improve," Benco Dental's industry-leading products and programs include: the BluChip® Buying Club, dentistry's original and most rewarding customer loyalty program; Painless® AI™ (Artificial Intelligence™), a cutting-edge electronic ordering and product selection system; Insite™ dental office design; BencoNET™ digital imaging and operatory integration systems; Transitions Group™ practice development consulting; and the best-trained sales and service team in the business. The toll-free order line is 1-800-GO BENCO. Visit Benco Dental online at http://www.benco.com.

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