Date: June 2, 2011

Chaney Enterprises AWE Excellent Workplace, Health and Wellness Trailblazer Awards for Third Year

Chaney Enterprises was granted the Alliance for Workplace Excellence Award for a third consecutive year, representing one of 57 companies in the Metropolitan Washington Region to be named as excellent workplaces. Family owned and operated for 49 years, Chaney Enterprises continues to be the only concrete and aggregate supplier in the Metropolitan region to be recognized.

“These awards are particularly special for Chaney Enterprises this year, especially with the economy affecting all of our employees in so many ways. That our company is still deemed excellent by the Alliance is a true reflection of the great people we have making us a great company,” said Patsy Bergquist, human resources director for Chaney Enterprises.

Chaney Enterprises was noted for its supportive corporate culture and management practices, family and employee-friendly policies and practices, strong employee health and wellness initiatives, comprehensive growth and learning opportunities and demonstrating corporate social responsibility and employee volunteerism.

The company was also noted for its commitment to training and education through the Chaney University. In addition to position and corporate-related training, employees participate in ongoing safety training courses specific to their areas of responsibility within the company. All vehicle operators take defensive driving classes and mining personnel take site-specific training annually.

For a second year, Chaney Enterprises received the AWE Health & Wellness Trailblazer Award to highlight businesses that promote professional fulfillment and personal wellness at work, home and in the community. Only 38 companies achieved this recognition. To qualify, applicants undergo a rigorous assessment process led by an independent review panel of professors, PhD professionals, and doctoral candidates in business, industrial and organizational psychology, and human resources.

Chaney Enterprises offers all employees a comprehensive and affordable wellness program. Currently, Chaney Enterprises pays 80 percent of an employee’s health benefit, and employees who participate in the Wellness Program and Health Assessment have another 50 percent of out-of-pocket costs covered by the company.

Chaney Enterprises employs more than 200 delivery professionals, support personnel and administrative staff located in nine Maryland counties and Virginia.

This year’s regional awardees will be recognized at the AWE annual awards luncheon on June 13 in Bethesda. More than 600 leading businesses in the Metropolitan Washington region are expected to attend. The keynote speakers will be Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, founders of Georgetown Cupcakes. News anchor Kimberly Lohman Suiters of NBC-4 will emcee the event.

The AWE provides a portfolio of services that allow employers to build excellent workplaces.