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UAB, Boeing named state’s best employers

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Boeing Company have been named Alabama’s best employers by Forbes magazine.

Forbes and market research company Statista conducted an online survey of 80,000 Americans working at companies with more than 500 employees in every state. Respondents rated their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, along with other work-life questions.  Workers were also asked to evaluate other local employers.

UAB employs approximately 23,000 workers through its academic institutions and hospital system. As a major research university, UAB contributes to cutting edge medical research and is currently involved with the national effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19.

Boeing employs more than 3,000 workers at its Redstone Arsenal campus in Huntsville. The company’s work in Alabama is mostly in the aerospace and defense sector, and its programs include the International Space Station, Space Launch System and Ground-based Midcourse Defense missile system.

Within the past year, Boeing and its employees have donated $2.5 million toward veteran services and STEM initiatives in the Alabama, and their $500,000 contribution to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center earlier this year was instrumental in saving Space Camp from closing campaign.

Other top ranked employers in Alabama included COLSA, the United Launch Alliance, Alabama State University, Hobby Lobby and the U.S. Postal Service.

See the full list online HERE.


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