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Best Place to Work Award: NRG gets accolades, again

NRG Systems, manufacturer of wind measurement equipment for the global wind energy industry, received the 2009 Best Places to Work Award from a Vermont business publication at its awards ceremony held last week.

"The nice thing about this award is that it comes from our employees," said Jan Blittersdorf, NRG Systems president and CEO. "The survey says that our employees think this is a great place to work; for me as an employer, this means the most it could because it's from them."

NRG Systems has been recognized nationally for its workplace best practices and a unique compensation package that reflects its commitment to environmental stewardship and fairness. This includes a monthly profit sharing program, a retirement plan featuring an NRG Systems match, a six-week paid sabbatical after 10 years of service (and every five years thereafter), plus cash incentives up to $2,000 for the purchase of a hybrid vehicle or renewable energy system. More recent additions to the benefits package include catered healthy lunches (free) for all employees and up to $500 per year to cover public transit costs for employees and members of their families. NRG Systems also makes significant efforts to serve its community as active supporters of the Vermont Humanities Council, Vermont Technical College and the United Way.

"Our goal has always been to provide a work environment and benefits package that supports the quality of our employees' lives at work and home," Blittersdorf said. "After all, they are what truly makes us a better and more competitive organization."

The Best Places To Work award is based in part on an application completed by each participating company, but the bulk of a company's score is based on survey responses from its employees. Ninety-four percent of NRG Systems' employees participated in the survey, helping the company reach the number one rank after ranking number three for the past two years. BioTek Instruments received the top award in the large company category.

NRG Systems' wind measurement equipment can be found on every continent in more than 130 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, and government agencies. The Hinesburg company, founded in 1982, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facility and its employee best-practices.

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