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Milliken Ranks As 16th-Best Employer

Milliken & Company has been recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" in 2003. In its first attempt to be so recognized, the Spartanburg-based textile and chemical company achieved the rank of 16th on the list.

The list is compiled annually for Fortune by the Great Place to Work Institute, which surveys employees randomly selected from the candidate companies and evaluates questionnaires submitted by
the companies. Employees' opinions account for two-thirds of the score.

Milliken & Company’s corporate headquarters comprise a 600-acre greenspace that is enjoyed by employees and community alike.

Ashley Allen, Ph.D., president and COO, Milliken, credited the company's associates for making Milliken a great company. "We are pleased that [they] are receiving this public recognition," he said.
Milliken states it is committed to preserving American jobs despite temptations to move production to low-wage countries. "America first," said Richard Dillard, director of public affairs. "It is a culture ingrained throughout the organization and one that our associates appreciate and embrace."

The company says associates at all levels are involved with maintaining quality. In addition, it encourages educational advancement, requiring management associates to spend a minimum of 40 hours per year pursuing further education. It established Milliken University on its grounds in 1989 to provide educational opportunities for all associates.

Milliken also promotes health and safety in the workplace, seeks to recruit the most qualified students to join its workforce, strives to "promote from within," is recognized for its environmental commitments, and maintains well-landscaped facilities.

February 2004