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March 09, 2017

ARI, IKEA, among area businesses on '100 Best Companies to Work For' list

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IKEA said its wireless charging home furnishings will be available in Europe and North America this April.

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Fortune, a national business publication, released its "2017 100 Best Companies to Work For" list on Thursday, and there's a handful of recognizable names from the region.

Six companies headquartered in Pennsylvania or New Jersey landed spots on the list, including IKEA Holdings U.S. in Conshohocken, Montgomery County and ARI in Mt. Laurel, Burlington County.

ARI, a fleet management company, made the list at No. 38 with Fortune noting it has just 2,298 employees and 42 open positions. It fell from No. 24 on the list in 2016.

IKEA was at No. 72 on the list, falling from its No. 63 spot last year. It's the fifth consecutive year on the list for the retail giant with 14,927 total employees and 206 job openings.

Employee perks at the international furniture company, according to Fortune, include sick days and health insurance for part-time employees, college tuition reimbursement, non-discrimination policies, domestic partner benefits for same-sex couples and more. 

Forty-eight percent of the workforce are women while 52 percent are minorities. Salary amounts were unavailable for the private company.

Convenience store chain Sheetz, headquartered in Altoona ranked 87th. It has 16,079 employees and 3,870 job openings. The company rose 10 spots on the list from last year.

Sheetz, which has placed on Fortune's list for three years, offers an onsite fitness center and medical care, along with non-discrimination policies, health insurance for part-time employees and college tuition reimbursement. An hourly salesperson makes a base salary of $21,492 per year. 

Sixty-five percent of Sheetz's staff are women and 16 percent of employees are minorities, according to Fortune.

SAP America, a software and technology solutions company from Newtown Square, Delaware County, made its first appearance on the list at No. 59.

Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company with its U.S. headquarters in Plainsboro, New Jersey, placed No. 73 down from No. 55 a year ago.

Also of note, W.L. Gore and Associates, a manufacturing company headquartered in Newark, Delaware, ranked 52nd down from No. 12 in 2016.

Google topped Fortune's for the eighth time in 11 years.

The list is compiled based upon "extensive" employee surveys with feedback from more than 230,000 people.

See Fortune's complete list here