The 2010 List: 100 Best Companies to Work For in Oregon

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Articles - March 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010

NUMBER ONE:

MEDIUM COMPANIES Companies with 50 to 249 employees worldwide
RANK '10 RANK '09 COMPANY CITY
HEADQUARTERS
OREGON SENIOR EXEC / TITLE
EMPLOYEES:
OR / TOTAL
BUSINESS SURVEY SCORE:
EMPLOYEE EMPLOYER
TOTAL SCORE
1 NR Oregon Cascade Plumbing & Heating Salem
Josh Welborn
President
75
75
Mechanical contractor 450.2
70.2
520.39

PHOTOS BY LEAH NASH of Oregon Cascade's leadership team
Photos of Oregon Cascade Plumbing & Heating office
Oregon Cascade's leadership team, from left: Walt Haskins, Josh Welborn and John Welborn. Bottom: putting on a happy face.
PHOTOS BY LEAH NASH

Oregon Cascade Plumbing & Heating // No. 1 Medium Company

Family comes first at this Salem-based HVAC and plumbing contractor, which President Josh Welborn bought from his father 10 years ago. So it's no surprise to see multiple generations of employees — fathers, sons, grandsons and a daughter — working side by side.

"It's very important to this company that your family does come first. The reason why you have a job is to support that," says Julie Davis, executive assistant. "So if you've got to take your kids to the doctor or a family outing that you need to attend, you just do it."

Family values, the annual retreat at the corporate beach house, generous benefits and the fact that the company is 25% employee-owned are just a few of the reasons Oregon Cascade's 85 employees are happy.

There is also a playfulness that makes work seem fun. Employees play practical jokes on each other (Welborn is fond of shock pens). Frequent officewide contests award an infamous prize to whoever has the best-decorated office or the ugliest shirt. "It's the most disgusting, ugly Kermit the Frog statue you've ever seen," Davis says. "You really don't want it because you've got to put it in your office. But it's fun." 

-ADRIANNE JEFFRIES
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