CERRITOS, Calif.—For Keith Thomas, president of R.D. Abbott Co. Inc., being chosen as a rubber industry Best Places to Work is unlike any other award his company has ever received.
"For us, it is a validation of our mission, vision and values, and it represents years of deliberate investment in building a truly extraordinary team," said the president of the Cerritos-based full-service supplier to the rubber industry.
"Our mission has been—and continues to be: 'To build and maintain the best team in the rubber industry by putting people ahead of profit.' This goal is lived out in our culture and daily operating practices."
The firm was named one of Rubber & Plastics News' Best Places to Work for 2019, based on responses from its own employees through a survey conducted by Best Companies Group.
Thomas said he joined R.D. Abbott 18 years ago and wanted to nurture an environment where talented people can come and flourish. He said the company's approximately 90 employees have seized upon this notion of people ahead of profit. What he was thinking of when he penned the mission statement was that when he encountered great people, he would hire them even if there wasn't a defined role available.