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June 11, 2018

Cincinnati Enquirer recognizes growing supplier as one of the city’s best places to work

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Sur-Seal, a top-tier manufacturer of engineered components,  announced that the Cincinnati Enquirer has named it one of the city’s best places to work – the results of a third-party survey of employees throughout the area.

Founded in 1965, Sur-Seal employs about 200 people, mostly at its Cincinnati-based headquarters. It also has locations in Harrison, Ohio; Nuevo Laredo, Mexico; Monterrey, Mexico; and Suzhou, China. The company specializes in highly engineered sealing solutions for OEMs in various industries.

“Sur-Seal is proud to have an engaged and inclusive culture,” says Larry Faist, President and CEO of Sur-Seal. “We are committed to embracing diversity and inclusion, continuous development and winning together. Congratulations to all the caring, curious and courageous Real Seals at Sur-Seal for winning this award.”

An inviting workplace culture and personal employee growth initiatives are just a couple of the highlights of working at Sur-Seal, according to Marcia Ernstes, Organizational Development Leader. “Every time someone comes into Sur-Seal, you can feel our culture the minute you walk in the door. You don’t even have to talk to anyone or hear a long presentation about what it is. You just feel it.”

While it’s intangible, Ernstes says, a lot of it can be traced to loyal employees who are happy to work at Sur-Seal. “They enjoy working here.”

The survey, which is administered by the research firm Energage, LLC, in partnership with the Enquirer, is based on anonymous employee feedback. It poses numerous questions around the workplace environment, including connection, execution and alignment.

Energage CEO Doug Claffey said a workplace environment viewed positively by employees can be critical for a company’s overall success. It’s key to attracting better talent, reducing turnover and improving bottom-line results. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage,” he says. “It’s a big deal.”

In addition to hosting weekly and monthly recognition and team-building events, Sur-Seal reinforces company values by investing in personal training and educational programs, Ernstes says. “We want everyone to grow, whether it’s through job development, helping them attain new skills or meeting the personal goals they set for themselves,” she says.

Having a part in the company’s success also is critical, Ernstes says. “I think employees know that they’ve got a voice, whether it’s sharing information through the daily huddles that we have or just knowing that their ideas are heard. That creates that feeling of being a family. And I think that’s what really drives our culture.”