Atlas Oil Among the 'Best & Brightest'

Also "fastest-growing"

TAYLOR, Mich. -- For the second consecutive year, Atlas Oil Co., a provider of round-the-clock petroleum products and services, has earned a spot on "Metropolitan Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" list. It also was recognized on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation for the third year running.

The 101 Best and Brightest awards were established by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MPBA) to honor companies that practice innovative strategies and represent best practices in human resources. Companies on the list are leaders in creating organizational value and business results through their best practices and policies in human-resource management. The awards are a testament to the fact that these companies are ideal places for employees to work.

"Atlas is very excited and honored to be chosen once again as one of the ‘101 Best and Brightest Companies’ in Metropolitan Detroit," said Sam Simon, CEO and owner of Atlas Oil. "At Atlas, we have built our whole culture around recruiting and retaining the best team members and then creating a supportive environment that helps them continually grow and develop. This is how we attract new talent and continue to grow our business."

The award process consists of a nomination, anonymous employee surveys by an independent research firm and an extensive survey of the company's human resources department.

"I think what made Atlas stand out once again is the quality of our leadership,” said Kari Lawry, vice president of human resources for Atlas Oil. “At Atlas, we really focus on recognizing and developing leadership at all levels and nurturing those skills from the ground up so that we have a solid base to build on for the future."

Meanwhile, Atlas Oil Co. increased its position on the Inc. 5000 list by 1,226 spots to 2,920 overall. Within the energy industry, Atlas ranks 65, and in Michigan, where Atlas is headquartered, the company is ranked No. 41.

"Atlas continues to grow because of our relentless focus on our customers and their needs," Simon said. "Atlas team members really set us apart; our engaging culture gives us a distinct advantage in the marketplace."

In a stagnant economic environment, the median growth rate of 2011 Inc. 5000 companies remains an impressive 94%. The companies on this year's list report having created 350,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $366 billion, up 14% from last year.

"Now more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500/5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward,” said Inc. magazine editor Jane Berentson. “Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is.”

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil meets the fuel and service needs of businesses, municipalities and government agencies in 23 states. Atlas also supplies fuel to nearly 400 gasoline convenience stores throughout Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

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