Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its propane and heating fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, were recently named as two of the top 30 Best Employers in North Carolina for 2014.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in North Carolina, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The list of the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina magazine, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
A Blue Ridge Electric linemen works on power lines in Blowing Rock, NC.
Blue Ridge Energies was ranked in eighth place on the list and Blue Ridge Electric was ranked number nine.
To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
- Be a publicly or privately held business;
- Have a facility in the state of North Carolina;
- Have at least 15 employees working in North Carolina; and
- Be in business a minimum of one year.
An Ashe County customer receiving a Blue Ridge Energies propane delivery. Blue Ridge Energies is a subsidiary of Blue Ridge Electric.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Employers in North Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in North Carolina and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.
Blue Ridge Electric is a cooperative electric utility serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany counties and parts of Wilkes, Alexander and Avery counties. Its subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, provides propane and heating fuels to commercial and residential consumers across northwest North Carolina and features product showrooms in each Blue Ridge Electric district office in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties.