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|February 09 2007|
|For Immediate Release|
|Media Contact: Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, (800) 222-4700 ext. 1030|
|Sweetwater Wins Three "Best Place To Work" Awards|
| Sweetwater, one of the leading music instrument and pro audio retailers in the world, is proud to announce that the Upstate Indiana Business Journal has named Sweetwater "The Best Place to Work" among all mid-sized companies in Northeastern Indiana.
More than 100 companies in the region completed a rigorous, multiple-survey process to compete in this recognition program, with Sweetwater winning best overall in the 100-500 employees category. The process, according to competition guidelines, included "an internal and external audit of company policies, compensation and benefit packages, diversity in hiring practices, community involvement, employee retention, overall best hiring practices and family-friendly environment."
Sweetwater also received top honors for "Most Innovative Corporate and Business Culture" and "Best Employee Satisfaction."
The "Most Innovative Corporate and Business Culture" award was given, according to competition guidelines, based on "open workplace, job-sharing, flextime, employee fitness and wellness programming, advancement opportunities, and other quality of life initiatives, retention and compensation."
The "Best Employee Satisfaction" award was determined by an anonymous online survey filled out by Sweetwater employees.
Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack received the three awards at a luncheon hosted by the Upstate Indiana Business Journal and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. After the presentation, he participated in a panel discussion with the winners in the small and large company categories. He credited Sweetwater's success to "excellence from each and every one of the great employees that make up our winning culture."
Later, he remarked, "I'm particularly gratified to see Sweetwater recognized for 'Best Employee Satisfaction.' We work very hard as a company to provide the best workplace possible for the fine professionals who come from all over the country to work here."
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