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Fortune says Erickson in good ‘company’

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February 27th, 2009

Erickson again makes Fortune s "100 Best Companies to Work For"

By Mark Abromaitis

For the second year in a row, Erickson Retirement Communities has been

This year the company placed 54th on the list, up from the previous year s ranking of 93. Erickson was specifically lauded for its outstanding employee benefits and opening the doors of its retirement communities to employees whose homes were lost during Hurricane Ike.

"This national recognition is a true testament to our outstanding culture," says Erickson CEO Rick Grindrod. "Erickson has been a top-notch company for over 25 years now, and we re committed to staying that way.

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"We do our best to keep our employees engaged, and we are certainly thankful for this kind of national acknowledgment for our everyday hard work," he adds.

A mission in motion

Erickson opened its first full-service retirement community in Baltimore, Md., over 25 years ago and has since grown to a national leader in retirement living. Erickson currently has over 12,000 employees and 22,000 residents in 19 communities spread across ten states.

Erickson employs a variety of workers with a broad skill set because of the numerous services each community offers its residents, including transportation, grounds maintenance, and housekeeping. On-site amenities include restaurants, convenience stores, fitness centers with full-time trainers, and even medical centers staffed by board-certified geriatric specialists.

Grindrod believes Erickson s mission and focus on serving residents and each other as colleagues is what will always distinguish the company. "We are proud of the hallmark services and environment that have become the Erickson lifestyle positively impacting the lives of as many seniors as possible. We pledge to do whatever is necessary to always make Erickson a great place for our residents to live and our employees to work," he says.

Tackling tough criteria

This year, 353 companies vied to be included on the Fortune list. Nearly 81,000 employees at those companies responded to a 57-question survey created by a global research and consulting firm.

The full list and related stories appear in the February 2 issue of Fortune, available on newsstands and at www.fortune.com/bestcompanies. More information about Erickson can be found at: www.erickson.com.

Mark.Abromaitis@erickson.com

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