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JM Family Named One of the 2019 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

Great Place to Work® (GPTW) and FORTUNE named JM Family Enterprises and its subsidiary Southeast Toyota Distributors as No. 2 on the list of 2019 Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production. This is the company’s fourth time appearing on the list. 


The list highlights companies that stand out in the manufacturing and production industry for the way they embrace innovation and provide a leading-class working environment. In their efforts to maximize associate satisfaction, JM Family and Southeast Toyota launched a “Doing It Better Showcase,” which promotes risk-taking and innovation by encouraging associates to submit their ideas in support of the Japanese philosophy of kaizen, or continuous improvement.

“The only constant in our industry is change, and we know our business is likely to look very different a decade from now, so we have to keep adapting and flexing to ensure we get there together,” said Sharon Ruiz, director of Operations at Southeast Toyota’s Vehicle Processing Center in Jacksonville, Fla. “We encourage people to challenge how we do things, and we do it in a way that is inclusive and aligned with our core values.”

To determine the ranking, GPTW analyzed anonymous feedback representing over 150,000 employees working in the Manufacturing & Production industry in the United States. Employees responded to more than 60 questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place to Work For All™. The evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. There’s also an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced. GPTW analyzes this data relative to each organization’s size, workforce, and what’s relative to their industry peers. To be considered, companies had to meet the GPTW-Certified standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, GPTW requires that Trust Index© survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better.

The Best Workplaces in Manufacturing and Production list is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE. JM Family Enterprises also ranked No. 15 on the 2019 Best Workplaces for Millennials list and, for its 21st consecutive year, as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by FORTUNE, coming in as No. 17.

About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. was founded by automotive legend, Jim Moran in 1968. It is a privately held company with $16 billion in revenue and more than 4,200 associates. Rooted in automotive and united in its strong culture and core values, JM Family is in the business of helping other businesses succeed. As a long-term partner, it is invested in its companies, associates and its communities. Driven by exceptional performance, current subsidiaries are in the automotive, financial services and franchising industries. Its family of companies includes: Southeast Toyota Distributors, JM&A Group, World Omni Financial Corp. (dba Southeast Toyota Finance), JM Lexus, DataScan and Home Franchise Concepts. JM Family has earned various awards for its culture, products and services, including 23 consecutive years on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Interact with JM Family on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About Southeast Toyota Distributors LLC

Southeast Toyota Distributors is the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyotas. The company distributes vehicles, parts and accessories to 177 Toyota dealerships in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina and South Carolina. Dealers in this region sell approximately 20 percent of all Toyotas sold in the country. Headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla., its vehicle processing facilities are located in Jacksonville, Fla. and Commerce, Ga. Southeast Toyota Distributors is a subsidiary of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., a diversified automotive corporation ranked No. 19 on Forbes' list of America’s Largest Private Companies. JM Family is also ranked No. 94 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 23rd consecutive year on the list.