Van Meter Inc. named top workplace


Cedar Rapids-based Van Meter Inc., a leading distributor of electrical and automation solutions and provider of related contractor and industrial services, has been selected a 2023 Top Workplaces USA award recipient, ranking among the top 100 qualifying mid-size companies in the nation.

The Top Workplaces USA ranking is based on feedback from an employee engagement survey administered by research partner Energage. The survey measures aspects of workplace culture including alignment, coaching, connection, engagement, leadership, performance and basic workplace benefits and expectations.

“These companies represent the country’s best employers with high-performing, people-first cultures. They’re successful because they put their employees front and center in everything they do. By prioritizing the employee experience above all else, they’re more innovative, productive, and successful than their competitors and the rest of the market,” said Dan Kessler, president of Energage, in a company news release. 

The 2023 list marks Van Meter’s first appearance on the Top Workplaces USA list. The 95-year-old company earned regional recognition as a Top Workplace in Iowa and Minnesota on multiple occasions. In 2022, it received National Culture Excellence Awards from Energage for Employee Wellbeing, Employee Appreciation, Professional Development and Woman Led.

“Being named a national Top Workplace is an incredible honor. It’s our people that make what we do possible, and I am extremely proud to be their fellow employee-owner,” said Lura McBride, Van Meter’s president and CEO, in a release. “Creating an environment where people feel part of something special, understand how they create value for others, have opportunities to be their best, and achieve remarkable things, is a difference maker. We don’t ever want to take it for granted, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to a people-first culture.”

Van Meter’s team is more than 800 employee-owners strong, spanning a seven-state geography.