Industry titans among ‘America’s Best Large Employers’

Builders FirstSource, 84 Lumber and Ace Hardware make Fortune Top 500 rankings.

BY HBSDealer Staff

84 Lumber, Builders FirstSource and Ace Hardware have been named to Forbes’ list of “America’s Best Large Employers of 2019.”

The list ranks 500 organizations that include major brands such as Southwest Airlines, Google and Apple. Trader Joe’s topped the list this year.

Listed among top “engineering and manufacturing companies,” Dallas, Texas-based Builders FirstSource was ranked #253 with 15,000 employees while Eighty Four, Pa.-based 84 Lumber was ranked #424 with 5,300 employees.

“We’re honored to once again be recognized by Forbes as a top employer in the United States,” said Maggie Hardy Knox, president of 84 Lumber. “This achievement further proves 84’s commitment to hard work, long-standing values, and employee satisfaction. I always say that I’m blessed with the best team, and I stand by that.”

84 Lumber was listed on Forbes’ Best Midsize Employers list in 2016 and 2017. Last year, 84 Lumber was also ranked #125 on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

Within “retail and wholesale,” as categorized by Fortune, Ace Hardware is the only home improvement/hardware company to be ranked. Ace, based in Oak Brook, Ill. is ranked #193 with 7,800 employees.

Other major retailers on the list include Amazon, Ikea, eBay, Whole Foods Market, and Best Buy, among others.

Industry manufacturers Bosch, Illinois Tool Works, Kohler, Owens Corning, Marvin, and Andersen also made the list.

The “patent wall” inside the headquarters of Illinois Tool Works.

Forbes partners with Statista, a provider of market and consumer data, to conduct “an independent survey from a vast sample of more than 50,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations.

The surveys were administered in a series of online panels and provide a representative sample of the U.S. workforce.” Employees were asked to rate how willing they are to recommend their employer to family and friends, and to evaluate other employers in their industry.

Participants were also asked to provide feedback on various work-related topics, including salary, working conditions, potential for development, and other matters, Forbes said.

The complete Top 500 list can be read here.




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