WDI, Inc. Names Riverland one of 2021's Best Places to Work

Release Date: April 22, 2021

Categories: Riverland News Area Media Stories Media Release

Riverland Community College has been awarded one of the Best Places to Work awards for 2021 in the category of "Large Employer" for business with more than 150 employees.

Thanks to Workforce Development Inc, we all now know who some of Best Places to Work in Southeast Minnesota.  Fifteen companies representing Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona counties are being recognized as the “Best Places to Work” in Southeast Minnesota. 

Small Employer
(Under 50 Employees)

Albert Lea Seed House

Arcadian Bank

Citizens State Bank of Hayfield 

Southeast Service Cooperative

Staggemeyer Stave Co., Inc.


Mid-Size Employer
(50-150 employees)


Austin Utilities

CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Cooperative Response Center Inc.

Custom Alarm


Large Employer
(Over 150 employees)

Benike Construction 

Gemini, Inc.

Hearth and Home Technologies

Riverland Community College

Zumbro Family Health Center

The “Best Places to Work” awards program was a commissioned study by Workforce Development, Inc.  The purpose of the program was to recognize some of the best employers in our local area and provide vital information to companies about the practices they use to attract and retain employees.  Each company participating was required to complete a 40-question survey that allowed their employment practices to be analyzed by the consulting firm of Personnel Dynamics Consulting of Florida. Every company participating in the survey will receive a detailed report detailing the information on their company and the results of the survey. 

Data was measured on such parameters as: turnover, rate of growth, promotion rates, employee evaluations and feedback, percentage of employee injured, diversity of management, benefits offered, training expenditures, paid days off and increase in pay. Workforce Development, Inc. and the Winona Workforce Development Board joined forces to bring “Best Places to Work” program to Southeast Minnesota.