Employers who added 10 or more jobs in Stanislaus County last year got their moment onstage Wednesday.
The second annual Celebrate Stanislaus event recognized 32 employers in the private and public sectors. The number of people each hired was not announced, but it’s clear that they have aided the county’s continuing economic recovery.
“It’s about companies that are putting food on the table for their employees and their families,” said David White, chief executive officer of the Stanislaus Business Alliance, which put on the event at the State Theatre in Modesto with several partners.
It had a Hollywood touch, with Oscar-like statuettes for the honorees and a lunch of hot dogs, nachos and popcorn.
The recipients included big companies, such as E.&J. Gallo Winery, which has 3,000-plus people at a Modesto operation founded in 1933. And the Oscar also went to new employers such as Carnivore’s BBQ Sandwich Shop in Turlock.
“If they have 10 or more employees, that means there’s a lot more barbecue in town,” said emcee Chris Murphy, vice president for sales and marketing at Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group.
White said other employers might have met the threshold of 10 permanent jobs unknown to event organizers. They based their awards on surveys of businesses, media reports and other information.
The county had a monthly average of 180,800 jobs last year, the state Employment Development Department reported. It was 175,800 in 2014 and 163,100 in 2011, the low point in an downturn that started with the financial crisis of 2008.
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, told the audience that employers are struggling with federal requirements for health insurance, a complex income tax code and other burdens.
The nation needs “common-sense regulations so you can continue to grow your businesses,” said Denham, who grows almonds and is in the agricultural container business.
The event included a tribute to Carl Boyett, owner of Boyett Petroleum and supporter of many civic causes, who died in November.
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These employers were recognized for adding at least 10 permanent jobs in 2015:
- ABM Industries
- Advantage Route Systems
- Availability Professional Staffing
- Bronco Wine
- Carnivore’s BBQ Sandwich Shop
- Center for Human Services
- Central Valley Autism Project
- Central Valley Specialty Hospital
- City of Modesto
- ConAgra Foods
- Crystal Creamery
- California State University, Stanislaus
- DD’s Discounts
- Directline Technologies
- Doctors Medical Center
- DoubleTree by Hilton Modesto
- E.&J. Gallo Winery
- Flory Industries
- Grocery Outlet
- Kaiser Permanente
- MedAmerica Billing Services
- Modesto Junior College
- Norcal Nursery
- Plastipak Packaging
- Prime Shine
- Solar City
- SupHerb Farms
- TeleContact Resource Services
- The Home Depot, Ceres