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Kalamazoo, MI – WSI, Workforce Strategies Inc., has been selected by “FIRST & 42: The Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily” as one of Southwest Michigan’s Wonderful Workplaces. This award celebrates the outstanding efforts made by local businesses in the region to make their organizations great places to work. Winners are being featured in the digital publication throughout the winter of 2020-2021. WSI  was recognized along with 13 other companies in the region for their commitment to creating a positive and fulfilling workplace while empowering others to live their best lives.

“The year 2020 was a challenging one for Southwest Michigan. Our companies did everything in their power to keep their employees safe, well, and engaged during the trying times brought on by COVID-19. The standouts recognized this year by FIRST & 42 as Wonderful Workplaces offer us all hope as we move forward into next year with their commitment and fortitude shown tirelessly throughout this past year. I encourage you to explore what they are doing and even work their best practices into your own organizations where you see potential,” said Ron Kitchens, publisher of FIRST & 42. “Please take some time to check out our winners who are creating innovative and collaborative cultures where talented employees are excelling and taking their company to new heights.”

“We’re in the business of people. In order for our organization to be the best it can be, it’s crucial that our culture and values encourage employees to grow and thrive,” said Erica Bohms-Coon, WSI Director of Staffing Operations. “Receiving this honor for the third year in a row reassures that we are indeed following our mission of empowering others to live their best lives.” 

The 2020 Wonderful Workplace Awards, powered by FIRST & 42, honor the hard work local organizations have done to carefully construct their cultures to reflect core values, support thriving communities and allow employees to soar, especially in a year like none other before. Here are this year’s winners:

Allied Mechanical Services, Inc.Kalamazoo, MIMechanical Contractor
Byce & Associates, Inc.Kalamazoo, MIEngineering and Architectural Services Provider
Consumers Credit UnionKalamazoo, MICredit Union
CSM GroupKalamazoo, MIArchitecture, Engineering, and Construction Specialty Services Provider
Gibson InsuranceKalamazoo, MIRisk Management Advisors and Consultants
Honor Credit UnionBerrien Springs, MICredit Union
Imperial BeverageKalamazoo, MIBeverage Distributor
Landscape FormsKalamazoo, MIDesigner & Manufacturer of Custom Environments
Lighthouse GroupKalamazoo, MIFull-service Insurance Agency
Nulty InsuranceKalamazoo, MIIndependent Insurance Agency
SalesPage TechnologiesKalamazoo, MISoftware, Data, and Services Provider
TowerPinksterKalamazoo, MIArchitecture, Engineering and Design Firm
WMU FoundationKalamazoo, MIWestern Michigan University’s Fundraising Arm
WSIKalamazoo, MIStaffing and Recruiting Firm

About FIRST & 42
FIRST & 42 tells the region’s positive success stories on topics like business expansions, entrepreneurship, leadership, philanthropy, and quality of life. At the end of the day, it is the hope of Southwest Michigan First, the economic catalyst behind the publication of FIRST & 42, that its readers will become active participants in the world around them, avid cheerleaders for Southwest Michigan, and join in the organization’s mission to make our region the place to make a home, go to work, and bring dreams to reality! Learn more at

About WSI

You know how they say actions speak louder than words? WSI is an award-winning staffing and recruiting firm because we understand the power of a positive and fulfilling workplace. We live and breathe it every day, and love helping others experience it too. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Michigan, WSI also has offices in Battle Creek, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Sturgis, Michigan, and Albion, Indiana. Learn more about us at

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