Blain’s Farm & Fleet Recognized as One of America’s Best Employers of 2024 by Forbes

By Pet Age Staff//February 16, 2024//

Blain’s Farm & Fleet Recognized as One of America’s Best Employers of 2024 by Forbes

By: Pet Age Staff//February 16, 2024//

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Press release: Blain’s 

Blain’s Farm & Fleet proudly announces its recognition as one of America’s Best Employers of 2024 by Forbes. This honor marks the sixth consecutive year that Blain’s Farm & Fleet has received this recognition, solidifying its commitment to fostering an exceptional workplace culture.

“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers for the sixth consecutive year,” said Jane Blain Gilbertson, owner and CEO of Blain’s Farm & Fleet. “This acknowledgment is a testament to our unwavering commitment to treating our associates like family and our customers like neighbors. At Blain’s, we believe that a positive workplace is the foundation for success.”

In collaboration with market research company Statista, Forbes conducted an extensive independent survey from a vast sample of over 170,000 U.S. employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people within the U.S. The survey, conducted over three years, considered over 3.5 million employer evaluations, ensuring a comprehensive evaluation that differentiates organizations consistently performing well over time.

Blain’s Farm & Fleet climbed their previous ranking and remains the only Wisconsin based company in the Retail and Wholesale category. Blain’s Farm & Fleet’s success in the survey is attributed to its unique approach to employee and customer relations. The company values its associates as integral members of the family, fostering a supportive and collaborative work environment. This familial atmosphere extends to customers, who are treated as neighbors, building lasting relationships for generations. The Forbes survey considered two types of evaluations – personal (direct evaluations by employees) and public (indirect evaluations by friends, family or industry peers).

“Our associates are the heart of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, and our neighbors are paramount to our success. They both are the driving force behind our accomplishments,” says Mark Hasting, president and chief commerce & operating officer for Blain’s Farm & Fleet “Realizing this survey is based on evaluations from our associates and neighbors, I am incredibly proud of their enthusiasm for this company, six years in a row.”

As a company dedicated to continuous improvement, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is committed to maintaining its high standards in employee satisfaction and engagement. This recognition from Forbes reaffirms Blain’s Farm & Fleet’s position as a leader in providing a workplace that not only values its employees but also fosters an environment where everyone feels like part of the Blain’s Farm & Fleet family.

Founded in 1955, Blain’s Farm & Fleet is The Modern General Store with 45 locations throughout Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan and a thriving online store.

In addition to high-quality products with the Blain’s Farm & Fleet brand name, they carry top-rated brands, including:

  • ClothingCarhartt, Dickies, Under Armour, Columbia, Levi’s, Lee, Life is Good, WorkNSport
  • FootwearSkechers, Puma, Keen, Asics, New Balance, CAT, Carhartt, Hey Dude, Sorel, TimberlandPro, Crocs
  • Tools & HardwareDeWalt, Milwaukee, Stanley, Craftsman, Hobart
  • Paint & SuppliesBenjamin Moore, Valspar, MinWax, Rustoleum, Graco, Purdy
  • AutomotivePennzoil, Valvoline, Mobil 1, Mystik, Fram, Prestone, Sea Foam, Meguiar’s
  • Tire & Auto Repair Service: Michelin, Goodyear, Cooper
  • Sporting GoodsRealtree, Scent Blocker, Yeti, Coleman, Rapala, Plano, St. Croix, Browning, Winchester
  • Home & HousewaresKitchenAid, Cuisinart, Keurig, T-Fal, Lodge, Dyson, Calphalon, DeLonghi
  • Pet DepartmentPurina, Blue Buffalo, Hill’s Science Diet, Iams, Canidae, Taste of the Wild, Kong, Greenies, Diamond, Eukanuba
  • AgricultureKing Kutter, Nutrena, Behrens, Guardian, Manna Pro, Ware, Weaver Leather, Agrimaster
  • Lawn & GardenScotts, Miracle-Gro, RoundUp, Fiskars, Weber, Char-Broil, Estate
  • Outdoor Power EquipmentTroy-Bilt, Cub Cadet, Briggs & Stratton