Clearwater, FL; September 10, 2010 -- FMS Purchasing and Services, Inc. of Clearwater, FL (www.FMSPurchasing.com) has been selected by the Florida Trend business magazine as a “2010 Best Company to Work for in Florida.” FMS Purchasing was ranked in the “Small Business” (50 or fewer U.S. employees) category on the full list (www.FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies). A total of 100 companies with operations in Florida were included on the list.
Tim Gregson, President of FMS, acknowledged the honor, saying “We’re very pleased to be recognized this way by the prestigious Florida Trend magazine. We work hard to provide a work environment where people can thrive and succeed, based on their commitment to our values and our customers. We believe strongly in dealing fairly with both our customers and our suppliers and in providing the best value we can in all our operations.” Gregson pointed out that the average FMS employee has been with the company for more than 8 years.
Companies on the list were chosen based on the answers to a questionnaire completed by the company about its workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. Then, the independent research firm managing the project took a sampling of the company’s employees. They were asked to submit questionnaires dealing with the company’s leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; pay and benefits; and overall engagement. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. The research firm managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. Companies were not required to pay a participation fee to go through the online assessment process.
FMS Purchasing and Services, with sales of over $250 Million and celebrating 20 years in business, is the largest independent group purchasing organization in the southeast U.S. It provides substantial procurement savings to a variety of businesses, educational, religious and non-profit organizations. The FMS program offers its membership the opportunity to engage in a variety of value propositions ranging from food service distribution to medical supplies, wireless communications and office supplies, plus financial services including credit card processing.
The Best Companies To Work For in Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and is endorsed by the HR Florida State Council, the state-wide affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management. To be considered for participation, companies or government entities had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and be at least a year old.
“Companies that retain the best employees with strong workplace programs are frequently the very same companies that serve their clients exceptionally well," says Florida Trend Publisher Andrew Corty. "It's our pleasure to recognize these great companies and encourage others to join them in building Florida's competitive advantage."
About FMS Purchasing and Services, Inc. It is the largest independently-owned group purchasing organization in the Southeast United States. It has been in business over 20 years. FMS is endorsed by many professional associations. The company is committed to serving the needs of its customers by saving them money, while providing quality products and service. They accomplish this by aggregating the purchasing volume of their members and using that leverage to negotiate discounts with manufacturers, distributors and other vendors.
FMS started in 1989 as a small group purchasing program for retirement facilities in south Florida. The company grew throughout the state of Florida and eventually has expanded throughout much of the United States. It then expanded its budget-saving programs to the ministry, schools and hospitality fields.
FMS Purchasing and Services’ corporate offices are located in Clearwater, Florida. It has additional sales representation in Tampa, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Orlando, Sarasota/Ft. Myers, Pensacola and Myrtle Beach, SC.