The Association of Washington Business recently honored seven companies (including Ryan in Bellevue – which is headquartered in Houston Texas and calls their Bellevue office their “Seattle” office) for their innovative and steadfast commitment to workplace safety, job training and compensation programs.

AWB’s annual Better Workplace Awards recognize Washington companies that demonstrate exceptional commitment to workplace safety, and that invest in employees through innovative job training, advancement and benefit programs. All 8,000-plus AWB member companies are eligible to submit nominations, which are reviewed by a panel of workplace benefits and safety managers. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP sponsored the awards, which were presented Wednesday during AWB’s annual Legislative Day at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia. Gov. Jay Inslee served as the event’s keynote speaker.

“I’ve got a great gig because I get to work with so many innovative businesses here in Washington state,” said Inslee in his remarks to the audience.

“The best companies understand that keeping workers safe and rewarding them for their hard work isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s good business,” said AWB President Don Brunell. “The employers we honored today represent the very best of that tradition, and we are fortunate to count them as members of AWB. They set a high bar that all businesses — small, medium and large — can hope to reach.”

The recipients of the 2013 Better Workplace Awards are:


Companies with 26-100 employees

  • Wheelabrator Spokane, Inc, Spokane

Companies with more than 250 employees

  • Boise Inc. – Wallula Pulp & Paper Mill, Wallula
  • UPS, Seattle


  • Energy Northwest, Richland


  • Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PPLC, Seattle


  • Canyon Creek Cabinet Company, Monroe
  • Ryan, LLC, Bellevue

Photos of the 2013 award winners are available on the AWB flickr site at  Videos highlighting each award-winning company will also be available on the AWB Vimeo channel at

About the Association of Washington Business

Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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