Blain’s Farm & Fleet announced its recognition as one of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers of 2024 by Forbes for the retailer’s sixth consecutive year.

“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for the sixth consecutive year,” said Jane Blain Gilbertson, owner and CEO of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. “This acknowledgment is a testament to our unwavering commitment to treating our associates like family and our customers like neighbors. At Blain’s, we believe a positive workplace is the foundation for success.”

In collaboration with market research company Statista, Forbes conducted an extensive independent survey from a vast sample of over 170,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the U.S. The survey, conducted over three years, considered over 3.5 million employer evaluations, ensuring a comprehensive review that differentiates organizations consistently performing well over time.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet climbed their previous ranking and remains the only Wisconsin-based company in the Retail and Wholesale category. 

Blain’s Farm & Fleet’s success in the survey is attributed to its unique employee and customer relations approach. The company “values its associates as integral family members, fostering a supportive and collaborative work environment.” The retailer’s familial atmosphere “extends to customers, who are treated as neighbors, building lasting relationships for generations.”

The Forbes survey considered two types of evaluations: personal (direct evaluations by employees) and public (indirect evaluations by friends, family or industry peers).

“Our associates are the heart of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, and our neighbors are paramount to our success. They both are the driving force behind our accomplishments,” said Mark Hasting, president and chief commerce and operating officer for Blain’s Farm & Fleet. “Realizing this survey is based on evaluations from our associates and neighbors, I am incredibly proud of their enthusiasm for this company, six years in a row.”

Founded in 1955, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is “The Modern General Store” with 45 locations throughout Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan and maintains an online store.

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