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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 23, 2016

Several Fairfield businesses named top places to work

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS Ledger staff writer | Sep 22, 2016

“We are very honored to be named among the [The Des Moines Register’s] Top Workplaces in Iowa for the third year in a row. Our goal is to provide a fun, open, highly productive culture that allows our employees to pursue their goals,” said Fairfield Libertyville Savings Bank CEO Jill Burnett. “It takes great people to bring in great customers.”

Libertyville Savings Bank joins several other businesses in Fairfield that made rank on the coveted Des Moines Register Top Workplaces 2016.

According to the Top Workplaces website, each year, the newspaper recognizes 150 companies and organizations around the state. Those companies gain recognition as Top Workplaces based solely on surveys about the workplace completed by their own employees.

Other Fairfield workplaces that made the list were Arnold Motor Supply, Community 1st Credit Union, Cambridge Investment Research, The Jefferson County Health Center, Edward Jones, MidWestOne Bank and Optimae LifeServices.

“We are pleased with our associates honoring Cambridge, as this is a vote of satisfaction and confidence,” said the firm’s president Amy Webber said. “We are grateful for being included in the list for Top Workplaces in Iowa for the sixth consecutive year, and this achievement is made possible by the hard work and dedication of all of our associates and the key role they play in delivering on Cambridge’s four core values of integrity, commitment, flexibility and kindness.”

According to a press release, Cambridge is listed as the seventh best workplace for large companies in the state. The firm ranked sixth in terms of “biggest job creators” with a 75 percent increase in employees since it was first named as a Top Workplace in 2011.

“As an organization we are committed to investing in our Cambridge associates both professionally and personally,” Webber said. “Our associates are presented with challenging career opportunities, internal professional development opportunities, company wellness incentives, and robust leadership programs.”

Currently, the firm employs 700 associates, with the majority of them based in Iowa.

Another long-time list-maker is the Jefferson County Health Center, which has made the list for four straight years.

New CEO Bryan Hunger said the health center’s success might have something to do with its culture.

“We have a good, positive culture, and we try to engage our employees in a variety of ways,” Hunger said, adding that the health center has employee committees that help boost morale and recognize others, and that employees have a sense of pride in the jobs they do and the responsibilities that they have.

“It helps that they take some ownership in creating that culture by realizing that it’s their organization,” Hunger said, adding that great employees makes the health center a great place for patients to be seen.

“It just shows how our staff, providers and administration are committed to making JCHC a great place to work, which enhances our ability to provide exceptional care,” he said.

Community 1st Credit Union is a newcomer to the Top Workplaces list, with this year being the first time it applied for the honor.

Established in 1936, the not-for-profit financial cooperative has 230 employees and is headquartered in Ottumwa. The credit union has offices throughout Iowa including an office in Fairfield.

“Our vision statement clearly states our desire to improve the lives of our members and employees — that’s our top priority at Community 1st Credit Union” said vice president of marketing Anne Hagen.

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