By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Several ARTBA member firms were on the Forbes list of “America’s Best Mid-Size Employers.” Congratulations to PCL Construction, HNTB, Granite Construction, Balfour Beatty and Volvo Construction Equipment for being in the top 200. Research & Education Division members on the list include the University of California at Irvine, Iowa University, Old Dominion University, the University of Arkansas and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Granite President & CEO James Roberts said, “We owe this honor to our employees who are the heart and soul of our Company. Our employees walk and talk our Core Values, the cornerstone of our success for nearly a century. It is because of them that we strive to create rewarding careers while growing our business safely and profitably.” Granite was also honored as one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Institute for nine consecutive years.

The annual Forbes ranking honors employers based on an independent survey of over 30,000 U.S. employees working for large and mid-size U.S. firms, divisions of international companies or institutions. The list rates 30 work-related attributes grouped in terms of atmosphere, compensation and diversity to ascertain if the employers make their employees feel “secure, understood, needed and inspired.”