Bendix recognized as one of Ohio’s top 10 employers

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Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, a North American provider in active safety and brake system technologies, has been recognized as one of the 2009 Best Employers in Ohio by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Society of Human Resource Management.

The Elyria-based company ranked as the 10th Best Employer in the large companies category, which includes companies with 250 or more employees in the state of Ohio. Bendix is the only manufacturing company in the state to appear on the list.

Bendix earned a spot in the top 10 for its wide-ranging employee programs, including wide-ranging community involvement activities, a focus on healthy lifestyles, and work force participation in the company’s health and wellness programs. As part of its employee health and wellness initiative, Bendix offers mammography, Weight Watchers at Work, onsite fitness centers, cardio classes, free blood work, a new indoor walking track, annual health fairs, monthly breakfast-and-learn health seminars, and year-round tobacco cessation classes.

“Like so many other companies, we’ve been challenged by the current business climate, making it that much more essential to remain focused on our employees and the communities in which we do business,” says Diane Shields, vice president of human resources and organizational development for Bendix. “This continued focus has enabled us to maintain a positive work environment and corporate culture. Our outstanding employees and commitment to teamwork continue to make Bendix one of the best places to work. We’re honored that our commitment to the satisfaction, health and wellness of our work force, as well as our philosophy of giving back to the community, is being recognized in this way.”

Best Employer winners are chosen based on a two-part process. First, companies are evaluated for their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part of the process, which is worth 75 percent of the overall score, comes from the results of a random, confidential employee satisfaction survey used to evaluate the workplace experience.