Rio Grande – and its 400 associates – got top marks when Albuquerque Business First announced the newspaper’s 10th annual “Best Places to Work” survey results. Rio Grande was one of five businesses recognized in the Very Large Companies (over 250 employees) division for 2015. Rio also took home Best Places to Work titles in 2012 and 2010. The achievements are a credit to Rio’s associates, who play a central role in the jewelry supplier’s success.
One of the world’s largest suppliers to the jewelry industry, Rio Grande was founded in 1944 by Saul Bell and purchased three years ago by Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. Rio Grande continues to be led by second-generation Bell family members, including Alan, Molly and Eddie Bell, adhering to company principles that are embedded in their unique culture. From its solar-powered facility in Albuquerque, NM, Rio proudly manufactures nearly a quarter of the tens of thousands of findings, tools and equipment that the company sells.
“Rio Grande has a wonderful and diverse group of associates who are willing to share knowledge and give each other a hand,” says Teresa Sexton, a Training Team associate who started in Rio’s Customer Care center five years ago. “In the onboarding sessions for new hires, we frequently hear how ‘at home’ people feel here and how amazing it is that we welcome questions and ideas – many associates have not experienced that anywhere they have worked. Rio understands that teamwork is what gets things done, and Rio has it by the truckload!”
Jamie Gros, Creative Director, says Rio’s culture is designed to bring out the best in associates. “Rio’s culture promotes growth and the development of exceptional colleagues In the many, many years I’ve been with Rio, I’ve worked with some of the most intelligent, hardest working and dedicated people. This is due to the great environment Rio Grande has built over the years. The Best Places to Work award really confirmed what I have come to know from my daily work.”
Marvin Castillo, an associate in the Distribution Center with 12 years under his belt, agrees. He calls Rio an “environment of empowerment – every associate truly has a voice in this company.”
A total of 35 small, medium, large and very large companies from across New Mexico received “Best Places to Work” accolades this year. Winning scores were derived from confidential third-party surveys given to employees at participating companies. Rio received its most recent Best Places to Work statuette at an awards ceremony held on Dec. 10, 2015, at Hotel Albuquerque.
More information on Rio Grande can be found at www.riogrande.com. For information on Albuquerque Business First’s Best Places to Work, visit www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque.