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#16 Bestie: Wire Belt Company of America

Published Monday Nov 22, 2021

Author Matthew J. Mowry

The 2021 class of 25 Best Companies to Work For is exceptional. And that exceptionalism was especially apparent during the past 18 months of pandemic.

Wire Belt Company of America

Manufacturer of stainless-steel conveyor belts used primarily in the food processing industry.

Top Employee Engagement Survey Measures:

I can keep a reasonable balance between work and personal life: 99% agree

I have the freedom to make the necessary decisions to do my work properly: 97% agree

President and CEO: David Greer
Years in Business: 73 (31 in NH)
Full-Time Employees: 107 (103 in NH)
Total Number of Part-time/Temporary or Seasonal Employees: 25-50 (Benefits provided)
Years on List: 11 (Plus 4 years in Hall of Fame)
Address: 154 Harvey Road, Londonderry

Wire Belt Company of America is dedicated to not only growing manufacturing in the U.S., but also making it fun. The family-owned business strives to create a place where people want to work and holds monthly events such as summer cookouts, chair massages, a chili cook-off and a big Halloween party. Each year employees and managers face off in a good-hearted challenge, from a corn-hole competition to a tug-of-war over a mud pit, that raises money for a nonprofit.

Wire Belt celebrates professional and personal success during monthly companywide rallies, with “Hey, Did You Know?”

Employees recognize others’ achievements and celebrations, including attaining U.S. citizenship, wedding anniversaries, births and achievements by children or grandchildren. The rally also includes an open forum called the “Thank You Moment,” where employees thank each other for being there when they were needed.

The company also goes the extra distance to make employees feel appreciated, including a Christmas bonus equal to one week’s pay. Employees work a 9/80 workweek—80 hours in nine days over two weeks—resulting in every other Monday or Friday off.

Evidence that the strategy is working are 27 banners hanging above the factory floor honoring employees who have been with the company for 25 years and seven celebrating those with 40 years or more.

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