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Delta business finalist for best in B.C.

Rick Gibbs, president and co-founded of Neutron Factory Works on Annacis Island, used his talents as a chef to cook up Christmas dinner for his employees. - Submitted photo
Rick Gibbs, president and co-founded of Neutron Factory Works on Annacis Island, used his talents as a chef to cook up Christmas dinner for his employees.
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A Delta business has been named one of the top five best small businesses in B.C. for its commitment to employee health and safety, Small Business BC announced this week.

Neutron Factory Works, located on Annacis Island, is competing to receive the Best Employer Award, sponsored by WorkSafeBC, as part of the annual Small Business BC Awards Contest.

"Employer of the year is really about looking after the people within your organization," said Rick Gibbs, president and co-founder of the company. "And it doesn't stop there, it's looking out for the people in your community and your industry."

Gibbs said being a good employer is about engaging and empowering employees to meet their goals by giving them the tools to be successful. Neutron Factory Works pays for employees to take post secondary courses and provides a cost of living allowance.

"We have all kinds of perks to keep them there," he said. "And it's not just that, it's the culture in the company to keep it challenging and exciting to hold people accountable and responsible."

Gibbs said money is ultimately a small component to keeping employees happy. It's far more effective when workers are made to feel they have an important purpose with a company.

The Best Employer Award will go to a company that stands out from the competition by demonstrating outstanding leadership in the workplace. It values employee health and safety, to prevent workplace injuries, on the same level that it values productivity and customer service.

Neutron Factory Works Inc. maintains and installs equipment in manufacturing, processing and warehousing facilities, ensuring that production lines run uninterrupted.

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