DENVER – In struggling economies, finding places to work that embody strong ethics, professional advancement and employee appreciation can be a challenge. Not the case with Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric who was named one of the Denver Post’s Top Workplaces for 2012.
Colorado ranked No. 1 for labor prospects and No. 6 for growth prospects by Forbes magazine, and as the fifth-best state in which to do business by CNBC in 2011. Denver Post’s Top Workplaces list reflects these trends with an esteemed collection of Colorado companies.
“Since I opened the doors, it has always been my goal to provide a working environment that is challenging, respectful and recognizes employee talent,” said John Ward, president of Applewood Plumbing Heating & Electric. “We strive each day to ensure our customers get the best service and internally we strive to ensure our employees have every opportunity to provide for their families.”
Applewood has more than 100 employees and more than 60 service trucks on the road on any given day to service customers with plumbing, heating and electric needs. Ward believes the high standards and expectations attract the top trade professionals to the company. The company has seen unprecedented growth in business annually for the past 5 years. Ward attributes this growth to management’s vision and their employees.
“It takes more than knowing how to fix a plumbing leak,” he said. “It takes understanding the customer, their problems and coming up with a solution. That’s how our technicians work and why we’re able to offer such incredible service.”
As one of Denver’s Top Workplaces, Applewood offers full benefits coverage to its employees and their family members, competitive hourly wages, ongoing staff training, appreciation programs that include days out at Rockies games, holiday gatherings and employee camaraderie. The business also looks at structure and processes to support employee needs such as updated technology, comfortable working environment and providing fully equipped trucks and warehouse access to fulfill customer requests.
Applewood’s technicians have nearly 1000 combined years of trade experience. This knowledge level, coupled with the stringent hiring practices – 100 percent of Applewood’s technicians are licensed, background checked and drug tested – is another reason the company rose to the top as a best place to work.
“We work diligently to have a work environment that enriches our employees,” said Ward. “Our benefits are excellent, but more importantly we work together like a family.” As a testament to that philosophy, Applewood has several employees who are from the same family or related in some way.