DR® Power Equipment Once Again Among Best Places to Work in Vermont

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2012 will be one of the busiest years in DR Power Equipment’s 27 year history, with multiple new product launches including the DR Lawn Aerator.

“It’s always a thrill to be recognized as a company with great products and strong financial performance, but the real victory is achieving those goals in an environment of respect and encouragement among coworkers” - Joe Perrotto

For the third time since 2007, Country Home Products –manufacturer and marketer of over 50 models of DR® power equipment including the iconic DR Field and Brush Mower and the DR Trimmer/Mower – has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont 2012.

Created in 2007, this annual program was created by Vermont Business Magazine, the Vermont State Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Department of Labor, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) -Vermont State Council, the Vermont Department of Economic Development, and Best Companies Group.

The Best Places to Work in Vermont survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the top employers in Vermont, benefiting the state's economy, its workforce and businesses. The list is made up of small/medium-sized companies (15-199 employees) and large-sized companies (more than 200 employees). Country Home Products has been named one of this year’s Best Places to Work in Vermont in the large company category.

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

Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or government entity;
Be a publicly or privately held business;
Have a facility in Vermont;
Must be in business a minimum of 1 year;
Have at least 15 employees in Vermont.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Vermont. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

The Best Places to Work in Vermont 2012 list is made up of 22 companies. In 2011, Country Home Products was named #4. This year’s final rankings will be announced at the awards ceremony in late March/early April.

Country Home Products’ CEO Joe Perrotto attributes some of the enthusiasm to the exciting new emphasis on product development. 2011 saw the launch of several new categories of DR power equipment including all new log splitters. 2012 will be one of the busiest years in DR Power Equipment’s 27 year history, with multiple new product launches including the DR Lawn Aerator.

“It’s always a thrill to be recognized as a company with great products and strong financial performance, but the real victory is achieving those goals in an environment of respect and encouragement among coworkers,” said DR® Power Equipment President Joe Perrotto. “It is truly gratifying to know that the votes for this award came from our own employees.”

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Vermont program, visit http://www.BestPlacestoWorkVT.com.

DR® Power Equipment, a division of Country Home Products, Inc., the premiere developer and marketer of professional-grade outdoor equipment for residential use, was founded in 1985 in Charlotte, Vermont. For more information on its complete line of power equipment and home care supplies, visit the web site at http://www.drpower.com.

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