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Southwire Named Among Best Places to Work in Atlanta

Atlanta Business Chronicle Ranks Southwire Seventh Among City's Large Companies

(Carrollton, Ga.– September 25, 2009) - An unyielding commitment to its employees and communities makes Southwire Company one of Atlanta’s best places to work, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Carrollton-based Southwire, which finished seventh among large companies, was among metro area businesses honored Friday at the Best Places to Work breakfast.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of the best places to work in Atlanta,” said Gary Leftwich, a spokesman for Southwire, which has been included on the list before. “While it’s always important, it is especially critical in these tough economic times that employees feel valued – that they are a creative part of the process and not just a vehicle through which production gets accomplished.”

To find Atlanta’s best places to work, the Atlanta Business Chronicle asked readers to nominate workplaces in metro Atlanta. Nominated companies and organizations filled out online surveys containing about 40 questions about their workplaces, co-workers and managers.

After the surveys closed, Quantum Market Research processed the data and provided the scores of all the participating companies and organizations. The Atlanta Business Chronicle then selected 60 finalists from more than 500 nominated companies, including the top 10 in the large category (companies or organizations with 501 employees or more in the metro area), the top 25 in the medium category (those with 101 to 500 employees) and the top 25 in the small category (10 to 100 employees).

In addition to getting high marks on the surveys, Southwire also was recognized for  programs such as the POWER Fund, an employee funded program providing financial support to workers who encounter hardship because of catastrophic circumstances beyond their control.
Southwire employees have a direct line to top management through the Just Ask program. Just Ask allows anyone to ask a question, voice a concern or make a suggestion through e-mail, paper forms or a special telephone hotline.

"Each question is reviewed and answered by the company’s senior management with the goal of finding a final solution,” Leftwich said. “The goal is to involve everyone in finding creative solutions so we can draw upon the widest possible pool of ideas and talents.”

The Atlanta Business Chronicle also commended Southwire for its close partnerships with its neighbors in Carroll County. Specifically, the Chronicle highlighted the company’s 12 for Life partnership with the Carroll County School, which seeks to keep high school students from dropping out by providing them with jobs and specialized instruction. Also recognized was Southwire’s Project GIFT (Giving Inspiration For Tomorrow), which matches employees with volunteer opportunities such as an annual school supply giveaway, a Toys for Tots drive, disaster relief supply collections and others.

“Being a great place to work is about ensuring employees find value on and off the job,” Leftwich said. “We’re proud our employees feel such a high sense of job satisfaction. They’re the ones who make it all possible and who ultimately deserve all the credit for our success.”