J.O. Galloup Company Named #2 Midsize Workplace in Michigan

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J.O. Galloup, a Michigan-owned distributor of piping and instrument products, has been recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in Michigan for the fourth consecutive year by the Detroit Free Press.

J.O. Galloup, a Michigan-owned distributor of piping and instrument products, has been recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in Michigan for the fourth consecutive year by the Detroit Free Press.

To determine Top Workplaces, the Detroit Free Press partners with WorkplaceDynamics to confidentially survey the opinions of employees. This year, they surveyed more than 100,000 employees from over 1000 companies. Companies were separated by size: Small (150 or fewer), Midsize (151-500); and Large (500+). This year, Galloup placed #2 in the Midsize class.

Galloup President Rick Waters spends time on the warehouse floors of all Galloup locations, and knows every one of his 228 employees by name. "You have more feet on concrete than you do on carpet," Waters said. "You've got to be out amongst everyone."

Galloup holds annual meetings, on-site lunches and holiday parties. Just before Labor Day, employees got surprise $50 gift cards. "We feel more like a family than ever," said Inside Sales Manager Linda Quail, who has worked in the Warren office for 33 years.

"Sometimes people say you are a number in a large company, but not here," says Warren site manager Dean Maxwell. "A lot of warehouse people I hire say they never heard of a president who comes to the back and is interested in what they have to say. We have great leadership."

J.O. Galloup Company is a premier distributor of pipe, valves, fittings, process instrumentation, sanitary equipment, heating equipment and related supplies. It had its start as a small plumbing shop opened in 1886 by John Olin Galloup in the basement under a clothing store in Battle Creek, Michigan. Members of the Galloup family owned and managed the company for four generations before selling it to the current management in 2006. This year Galloup celebrates 125 years in business. Still based in Battle Creek, Galloup now has 13 locations in Michigan and Ohio.

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