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10th Annual Search for Best Companies

Entries now accepted for The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security

February 1, 2011 (Des Moines, IA) - Economic recovery may be slow going, but there is much to celebrate in companies that help employees feel financially secure through thick and thin. Those companies are out there and the Principal Financial Group® wants to put them in the national spotlight. The Principal® today kicks off the 10th annual search for The Principal® 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security.

The program showcases the top 10 growing companies (with five to 1,000 employees) that excel at helping employees build their financial futures through excellent benefits programs.

An independent panel of renowned benefits experts selects the winners, who receive national recognition and acclaim as role models for other growing businesses. Judges evaluate companies in the context of current economic conditions.

“It’s been quite a decade. We launched this recognition program just after the horrific events of 9/11 and now we enter our 10th year as the country recovers from the worst economic downturn since the great depression,” said Luke Vandermillen, vice president, The Principal. “But despite the dramatic ups and down of the past 10 years, we’ve been able find and recognize growing companies have that remained consistent in their commitment to employees. Those companies deserve the spotlight and we are honored to launch this 10th search for excellence.”

Winning companies are able to use the recognition in their marketing and recruiting efforts. They are also featured in a national best practices guide.

“This recognition reinforced to our existing employees and potential recruits that Davidson Technologies offers an outstanding benefit package and is a great place to work,” said Pamela Peterson, director of human services, Davidson Technologies, Inc., one of The Principal 10 Best Companies—2010. “We are proud to have been selected by an independent panel of experts and we are using this accolade in our marketing efforts.”

How to enter

  • Nomination and entry forms are available at
  • Companies are not required to be clients of The Principal
  • Deadline for entries is April 22, 2011
  • Winners will be announced in the fall of 2011

About The Principal 10 Best Companies Program

The Principal 10 Best Companies is a national program that recognizes small- and medium-sized companies that excel at giving their employees a financial edge. Entries for the 2011 recognition will be accepted through April 22, 2011. For more information, visit

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About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®)[1] is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $305.7 billion in assets under management[2] and serves some 18.9 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG.

"The Principal Financial Group" and "The Principal" are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.
As of Sept. 30, 2010.

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