How Nearly 100 Companies In Martin And St. Lucie Counties Are Keeping Employees Happy With Bonuses, Barbecues And More
Work. Some days it’s the most profane of all four-letter words. But other times, it’s not really that bad. In fact, it can be fulfilling, financially rewarding, even … fun. That’s thanks to many Martin and St. Lucie employers creating work atmospheres that recognize achievement, celebrate milestones, sharpen potential and promote camaraderie.
From generous benefit packages to fitness discounts to bonuses to barbecues and holiday parties, employers in the private, public and non-profit arenas shared the creative ways they retain and cultivate talent. And it’s good business to do so.
“Healthy employees and happy employees are more productive employees,” says Bryan Shaw, marketing director for STS Aviation Group in Jensen Beach.
We looked at small, medium and larger employers, as well as up-and-coming and philanthropic-minded companies. Presented in no particular order, this list is expansive but not exhaustive. We hope to make this a regular feature, so let us know what businesses we missed by contacting us at email@example.com. Gently please, as we’re also hard at work.
Small Companies: 1 to 150 employees
- U.S. Paverscape
- Stuart Web
- Remetronix - The company, which has been in business for 23 years, offers a once-monthly health and wellness event that includes a healthy barbecue, stress relief massages or on-site yoga.
- PrimeSource - The company, which was founded in 1985, is the headquarters for design, marketing, sourcing, accounting, customer service and sales management for Sloane Ranger and All for Color brands.
- Keller Medical Inc.
- Humane Society of the Treasure Coast
- Crary Buchanan - Family is how attorneys describe the work environment at Crary Buchanan. The company supports a flexible work schedule and creates a nurturing environment that has kept employees there for a decade, and some attorneys and staff members for a quarter-century.
- Stuart Paint & Supply Inc.
- The Historical Society of Martin County
- Town of Jupiter Island - The town’s educational incentive programs pay employees monthly to earn college degrees—$30 for associate, $80 for bachelor’s and $125 for master’s. By maximizing contributions and remaining in good standing, employees can earn up to 17 percent of their salary each year toward retirement.
- Treasure Coast Provisions Inc. - The Boar’s Head distributor, which CEO Frank Flora started in 1997 serving four Publix groceries, now serves 39 Publix delis, as well as 80 smaller mom-and-pop delis and markets. Groomed to give presentations to large audiences, the company builds employee confidence by providing Dale Carnegie training.
- The Elliott Museum - Assisted by more than 150 volunteers, the Elliott Museum’s 17 employees enjoy company-paid vacations, holidays, health insurance and more.
- Water Pointe Realty Group
- Stuart Jet Center - Stuart Jet Center treats staff to annual employee appreciation luncheons and barbecues—and has even offered prime hangar views to soak in the Stuart Air Show, which the company sponsors every year.
- Whiticar Boat Works
- Coastal Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center
- Metro Fire Sprinkler Services
- Palm City Millwork Inc.
- Martin County Petroleum & Propane/Como Oil & Propane
- Premier Realty Group
- Lucido & Associates - With a leadership team that’s been together for more than 20 years, the firm’s 16 employees enjoy health insurance premiums with no employee match required and a four-day-work week, which ensures everyone gets Fridays off.
- PAC Seating Systems - PAC offers employees barbecues with the company’s very own PAC-made smoker and cook team.
- Indiantown Non-Profit Housing Inc. - The company’s 21 employees benefit from INPHI’s commitment to increasing individual workers’ skills and future employment prospects through on-the-job training and technical and professional certification.
- Hobe Sound Early Learning Center - The company’s nearly 30 employees form a strong core of consistency. Several employees have been with the company for more than 20 years; some for as long as 30 years.
Mid-sized Companies: 150 to 500 employees
- Blue Goose Growers
- New Horizons of the Treasure Coast
- Awareness Technology - The company covers 75 percent of employee health premiums.
- City of Fort Pierce
- Vought Aircraft Division
- Southeastern Printing - The company offers events for each holiday, such as a costume contest at Halloween and an ugly sweater contest at Christmas.
- St. Lucie Battery & Tire
- Martin County Sheriff’s Office
- Beaches MRI
- City of Stuart - The City of Stuart kicks off nearly every commission meeting by recognizing employees for longevity, extraordinary customer service and—particularly for police and fire rescue personnel—acts of courage. The city also provides incentives and health-premium discounts to encourage healthier habits, including diet and exercise programs, as well as Zumba, aerobics and yoga classes.
- American Custom Yachts
- Sailfish Point
- St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office
- Treasure Coast Hospice
- Morningside Church
- Optima Healthcare Solutions
- The Grace Place Community Church
- Maverick Boat Company Inc. - The company offers short work days on Fridays and bonus programs.
- Sandhill Cove - After 10 years of service, employees receive a cash bonus of $500 and professional pictures taken of them to share with their family and friends. After 15 years of service, employees receive a cash bonus of $1,000.
- United for Families
- PGA National Resort & Spa
- Pursuit Boats
- STS Aviation Group - Once a week, the company offers a health lunch delivered to the office. Fresh fruit, granola bars and healthy snacks are also offered each day for employees.
Large Companies: 500+ employees
- Treasure Coast Healthcare System - All HCA-affiliated employees have access to an employee assistance program and a confidential counseling and referral service, which provides personal, legal and financial services.
- Visiting Nurse Association of Florida - VNA of Florida finds creative ways to honor its cast. From publishing full-page spotlights on longtime employees to annual company-wide banquets, cookouts and Christmas celebrations, VNA strives—despite its size—to maintain the close-knit camaraderie of a small family business.
- Martin Health System
- Waste Management
- Keiser University
- St. Lucie County
- St. Lucie County School District
- Club Med Academies - With 72 employees, Club Med Academies is uniquely fulfilling. A “passion-driven” business, the staff trains young people from 25 to 30 different countries. They’re all eager and engaged athletes whose success—which may one day find recognition on the world stage—provides the instructors with a professional charge.
- City of Fort Pierce
- Armellini Logistics
- Triumph Aerostructures
- Paradigm Precision
- City of Port St. Lucie
- Indian River State College
- Martin County - After one year on the job, Martin County employees are eligible for tuition reimbursements for college degrees up to $2,400 a year. The county also maintains a robust training program for all levels of employees, ranging from management and supervisory training to healthand safety-related programs.
- Martin County School District
- Waste Pro
Companies with Charitable Involvement
- Fort Pierce Utilities Authority - Fort Pierce Utilities supports more than 100 charities annually through volunteer hours and monetary donations.
- Southern Eagle Distributing - For the past 29 years, Southern Eagle has taken pride in giving back to the community that has facilitated in growing the company to what it is today. These monetary donations have helped more than 75 different causes from city restoration, child abuse, food for the hungry, medical care for the sick or injured, community projects, animal rehabilitation and many more.
- Firefly Group - The company has a long history of community involvement, as well as charitable giving both in terms of financial support as well as pro-bono services.
- Woman’s Club of Stuart
- Geoffrey Smith Galleries
- Diamonds By Terry - The company donates to 45 different charities in the area on an annual basis.
- A Law Firm of Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC
- Panera Bread
- Seacoast Bank - Employees pay $5 to wear jeans on Friday. The money raised goes toward the organization of the month.
- St. Lucie Mets
- Audi Stuart
Up-and-Coming Companies to watch
- Ground Floor Farm - Ground Floor Farm was born because of its founders’ love for Stuart. They thought about their passions and strengths, and asked, “How do we build a business that allows us to spend all day doing what we love?” They wanted to provide a space for people to come together and encounter new ideas, learn new skills and make new connections.
- Stuart Lodge Assisted Living
- UCT Coatings
- Level 3 Inspection
- Lenco Marine
- SPS Industrial
- SOL Inc. (Solar Outdoor Lighting)
- Ocean Master Marine Inc.