Waconia businesses make Top 150 list

By Staff Reports

A pair of Waconia businesses have been named among the Star Tribune’s Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota.

Both HomeTown Bank and Mackenthun’s Fine Foods have been named to the list, which is produced by the same team that compiles the 26-year-old Star Tribune 100 report of the best-performing public companies in Minnesota. According to the Star Tribune, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee opinions measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 69,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations.

For HomeTown Bank, it is an honor the institution has earned for three years in a row.

“Banking is all about helping people—helping people improve their lives, helping people achieve their dreams. Our employees do this very well because they help and support each other in order to serve our customers at the highest level possible,” said HomeTown Bank CEO Dean Toft. “I continue to hear from our employees that HomeTown Bank is the best place they have ever worked. This is certainly evident when we receive the honor of being designated a StarTribune Top 150 Workplace for 2015, 2016 and now for 2017.”
HomeTown Bank has served its communities since 1924. Locations include Redwood Falls, Olivia, Jordan, St. Peter, LeSueur, Henderson, Cleveland, Waconia and Shakopee.

For Mackenthun’s, the honor comes during a big year for the Waconia-based mainstay – 2017 marks 100 years as a family-owned business for the venerable grocery store.

“We are honored to receive this distinction as a National Standard Top Workplace. Our employees are our greatest asset; they are the reason our customers consistently return to do business with us,” said Kim Mackenthun, owner and president of Mackenthun’s Fine Foods.

“Included in our company mission statement is our dedication to the fair and honest treatment of our employees as we work together to serve our customers and families,” said co-owner Jessa Theis. “The integrity and dedication of our employees drives our success.”

“We believe in helping our employees grow their career with a variety of industry-specific online courses and on the job training. In addition, our managers are further trained through SuperValu University’s Department Manager Academy,” added co-owner Jaime Mackenthun.

Recognized as the oldest independently-owned grocery company in Minnesota, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods has seen five generations of family ownership. According to the Mackenthun family, they continue to invest in the success of their employees, from high school to career and career to retirement. They do this by providing educational resources and training opportunities for employees, and, constantly sharing their vision and enthusiasm.

“The companies in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota,” said Michael J. Klingensmith, Star Tribune publisher. “My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Over 2,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses.