Benco Dental Named one of Pennsylvania's Best Places to Work

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For the seventh time in eight years, Benco Dental has been named one of the best places to work in Pennsylvania. Based on associate surveys, Benco Dental remains one of the state's top large employers.

PITTSTON, PA – Benco Dental has been named one of the Best Places to Work in PA for 2010; this marks the seventh time in eight years that Benco Dental has received this recognition. The Best Places to Work in PA program solicits surveys from participating companies’ associates and compiles the results prior to assembling the final rankings. Benco Dental will be recognized at the Best Places to Work in PA evening awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, at the Lancaster County Convention Center in Lancaster, PA. Rankings will be revealed at the ceremony, and tickets may be purchased online at http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/events.

The awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the Central Penn Business Journal. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places to be employed in Pennsylvania, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses.

In the past, employers were categorized based upon the number of employees they had in Pennsylvania. This year, employers were categorized based upon the total number of employees they have in the United States. This change was made to ensure the proper alignment of organizations and to avoid naming large national employers to the small/medium list simply because they have fewer employees based in Pennsylvania. This change did not have any impact on which organizations made the list, just how they were categorized.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:

  • Have at least 25 employees in Pennsylvania;
  • Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business;
  • Be a publicly or privately held business;
  • Have a facility in Pennsylvania; and
  • Be in good standing with Commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the 100 Best Places to Work in PA. The first part of this process was evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics, accounting for approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience, making up approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process.

In addition to the public/private partnership, the program is supported by the following organizations: Lead Sponsor—Team Pennsylvania Foundation; Presenting Sponsor—ParenteBeard, LLC; Major Sponsors—Capital BlueCross; E.K. McConkey & Co., Inc.; Penn State, Smeal College of Business; Saul Ewing; and Supporting Sponsor—Arcus.

For more information on Best Places to Work in PA, visit http://www.bestplacestoworkinpa.com.

About Benco Dental
Benco Dental, headquartered in Pittston, Pennsylvania, is the largest privately owned, full-service distributor of dental supplies, dental equipment, dental consulting & equipment services in the United States. Founded in 1930 by Benjamin Cohen, the company has remained family owned and focused on the unique mission of “delivering success smile after smile”. During Benco Dental’s 80-year history, the company has grown from a single storefront location in Wilkes-Barre, PA into the nation’s fastest-growing dental distributor with 50 regional showroom locations and four distribution centers servicing over 30,000 dental professionals in 40 states. In 2009, Benco Dental achieved another milestone in the company’s long history by unveiling a new 272,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, distribution center and equipment showroom in Pittston, Pennsylvania. The new facility, CenterPoint, houses the largest dental equipment showroom in North America, featuring 25 fully functional operatories, 14 operational digital X-rays including 2D and 3D units, three sterilization centers, design & lab concept suites and a summit training center for continuing education courses. The company has additional distribution centers in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jacksonville, FL, and Dallas, TX, over 340 professionally trained sales representatives as well as 265 factory-trained service technicians. Its core products and programs include: the BluChip® Buying Club, dentistry’s original and most rewarding customer loyalty program; Painless 8 with Forecaster™, an electronic ordering and product management software; Painless Web, e-Commerce and materials management system; Insite™, dental office design & architectural services; BencoNET™, digital imaging and “open architecture” operatory integration system solutions and Transitions Group™, a practice development consulting service. For more information, please call 1.800.GO.BENCO or visit Benco Dental on the web at benco.com.

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