Torklift International, which manufactures towing and RV accessories, was named the top-ranked midsize company in 2013 in Washington State by Seattle Business Magazine. According to a report on the publication’s website, this was the first year that Torklift was in the 100 Best Companies rankings.
The Sumner-based firm’s product line consists of premium tie-downs, turnbuckles, tow hitches and other towing accessories, and Torklift has become a favorite of recreational vehicle enthusiasts, motorsports aficionados and just about anyone else who needs to move big loads down the road.
Seattle Magazine said that Torklift vaulted straight to the top with a list of benefits not typically found in blue-collar industries. The company pays 100% of an employee’s health insurance premium (and $2,500 toward each employee’s annual deductible), and it provides mandatory leadership and teamwork training for all new hires.
“We still focus on [health care] and make it a main driver of our benefit package,” said Torklift General Manager Jay Taylor. “We feel it’s that important, and that it’s worth the extra money to make sure that it enhances the quality of life for our employees.”
All Torklift employees are encouraged to provide input on any aspect of product development, marketing, even packaging. “Whenever a product is in development, opinions are taken from all,” Taylor says. “We involve everybody because it stimulates creative thinking and opens up new doors and career paths.”
The company’s commitment to collaboration from all levels was repeatedly echoed in anonymous employee surveys and clearly stands out as a hallmark of the firm. One employee captured the atmosphere at Torklift this way: “Love my company. Absolutely next to none.”