Alliance Laser Sales Inc., a plastic injection mold finishing and repair company, said the company was built on what it calls Alliance Grit.
"Grit is what this company was built on. Grit is what you see when you walk through the doors; it is who we are and what makes us a family. Grit is in our blood and it flows through our veins, feeding the hunger to be better each and every day," the Wauconda, Ill.-based company said in its Best Places to Work survey.
"The same Alliance Grit that started as a dream in a garage 40 years ago is alive in every single person that calls this place home," the company added.
That grit, Alliance said, has become the foundation for its core values: gratitude, relationships, integrity and tenacity.
The company said it has a laid-back environment and understanding, loose management style.
Alliance employees are appreciated through monthly lunches and anniversary bonuses. The company honors one team member for the Employee of the Month award each month.
They also participate in Halloween costume contests, holiday celebrations and chili cook-offs.
The company makes it a priority to give back to the community. Its third annual charity golf outing, which benefited Operation Homefront, a nonprofit organization that assists military families, had more than 150 participants and raised $23,000.
Alliance Laser Sales previously made Plastics News' Best Places to Work list in 2019.
"Alliance is a company that values each and every person within the organization," the company said in its survey. "We realize that we are only successful because of our team. It is their grit, determination and expertise that has allowed us to grow into … what we are."