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Polk Works - Employer of Distinction Award

Clark Environmental Admin - Monday, August 27, 2012
At the Polk Works annual ceremony at The Lakeland Center on Thursday, Clark Environmental was presented with the Employer of Distinction Award.  This award is given to businesses that have shown consistent commitment to improving their employees' lives and have won the Polk County Best Places To Work Award for three consecutive years.

Fox 13 News: Florida Best Places to Work

Clark Environmental Admin - Sunday, October 02, 2011

One of the best places to work in Florida: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

MULBERRY - If you hate to get up and go to work in the morning, you're probably not working at Clark Environmental in Mulberry. It is one of two Polk County businesses named by "Florida Trend Magazine" as one of the state's top 100 Best Places to Work.

The list comes out in the August issue.

"I have been in companies before, when you walk in, it's just a job," Vice President Jim Clark told FOX 13 on Friday. "We try to make everyone feel like it's not a job. It's family. It's fun."

Employees get a gift and cake on their birthday. On their anniversary, they get money for every year they have been at the company.

There is a Christmas party, monthly parties, bonuses, and rewards when an employee comes up with a good idea.

"I told them when I started, you'll have to throw me over the fence and I am gonna crawl back over if they try to get rid of me," said Ramona Cohen, who was hired a year ago for accounting work. "It is the most fabulous place to work."

But it's not just a good time. Clark has increased its business by ten fold in the last four years.

President Beth Clark says the most important part of the company's culture is that it values its employees and their opinions.

"We absolutely don't know everything," she said. "We rely on employees to give input, she said.

Clark is not the only Polk business to make the Best Places to Work list. So did ACT Environmental Services and Infrastructure, for the second year running. 

ABC News: Florida Best Places to Work

Clark Environmental Admin - Saturday, October 01, 2011

ACT Environmental 1st.  Followed by Clark Environmental

BARTOW, Fla. - If you're looking for happy employees, try Polk County on for size. A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure in Bartow and Clark Environmental in Mulberry both were named in the August issue of Florida Trend magazine as being among the best companies to work for in the state.

A-C-T was named in the mid-sized category, while Clark made the small category list. Neither company has ever had layoffs. 

A few miles west of A-C-T on state road 60 in Mulberry lies another one of Florida's best companies, Clark Environmental.  It's a thermal treatment and waste processing facility.  Family atmosphere is a big selling point along with the employees receiving birthday parties, luncheons and paid anniversaries. President Beth Clark also endorses "safety bingo". Each employee receives a bingo card at the beginning of the month, and every time they get a safety question right, they get a chip, with the winner earning a $25 gift card.

"I'm a firm believer that if you're happy in your workplace, you're going to be more productive", Clark said. "And we all spend way too much time at work as it is.  So why come to work and be miserable, so we try to have fun here too".

"I don't think I've ever worked anywhere that people respected you the way they do here", said accounts payable clerk Cristy Caswell. "You don't feel like you're less of a person because of your job title here.  Everybody is just on an equal playing field".

Clark Receives Polk Co. Best Places to Work

Clark Environmental Admin - Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Clark Environmental, Inc. was awarded one of Polk County's Best Places to Work by Polk Works.

Polk Works recognizes companies in Polk County who are taking the lead in developing quality work places to ensure their competitiveness for a skilled workforce.
 
This is CLARK's 3rd consecutive year winning this award

CLARK named one of Florida's Best Companies to Work For 2011

Clark Environmental Admin - Thursday, July 28, 2011

Clark Environmental was recently named to Top 100 Best Companies To Work For in Florida
 

One-hundred companies were recognized as Florida's Best Places to Work.  Companies were placed into three different categories: large companies of 250 or more U.S. employees, midsized companies of 50 to 249 U.S. employees and small companies of fewer than 50 U.S. workers. The rankings appear in the August issue of Florida Trend and on FloridaTrend.com.   

The Best Companies To Work For in Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and endorsed by the HR Florida State Council.  

"Companies that retain the best employees with strong workplace programs typically stand out from the crowd by offering exceptional customer focus from a friendly, upbeat staff," says Florida Trend Publisher Andrew Corty. "It's our pleasure to recognize these great organizations and encourage others to join them in building Florida's competitive advantage."  

Companies that chose to participate in the Best Companies To Work For in Florida process underwent a two-part survey process. The first part consisted of evaluating each company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure employee satisfaction. The questions focused on eight themes: Leadership and planning; corporate culture and communications; role satisfaction; work environment; relationship with supervisor; training and development; pay and benefits; and overall engagement.  

The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings.  

"One strong theme in this month's Best Companies coverage is how companies keep good employees. We highlight companies that take sophisticated, enlightened approaches to training, communicate the company's values clearly, and listen to employees as they try to improve the workplace and make the company more productive." says Mark Howard, executive editor.

CLARK congratulates our friends at ACT Environmental for being another one of Florida's Best Places to Work!
 

For a complete list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Florida, go to


Florida's Best Companies

Lakeland Ledger Article


Recycle Florida Today Award

Clark Environmental Admin - Monday, June 06, 2011
2011 Recycle Florida Today : Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards

Florida’s Leading Recycler Association Presents the

    “2011 Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards”

 

On June 7th, Clark Environmental Inc. was awarded the Outstanding Waste Reduction Award for annually diverting 90,000 tons of petroleum contaminated material from being landfilled, and using 750,000 gallons of waste oil for fuel.  CLARK thermally treats petroleum contaminated soil preventing a waste stream from being landfilled, while creating a recycled cleanfill with an outstanding compaction rating for use on industrial and road building projects. 

 

Recycle Florida Today’s “Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards” recognize businesses, public institutions, and individuals for their outstanding achievements in waste reduction, recycling, and use of recycled products.

 

CLARK is focused on improving environmental sustainability through business practices that improve environmental outcomes. CLARK successfully achieves its mission of “Cleaning Earth One Ton at a Time.”

The Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards recognizes businesses, public institutions, and individuals for their outstanding achievements in waste reduction, recycling, and use of recycled products. 
CLARK was awarded the Outstanding Waste Reduction Award for the recycling of petroleum contaminated soil, using recycled waste oil for power, and other recycling efforts accomplished at Clark Environmental.
CLARK is focused on improving environmental sustainability through business practices that improve environmental outcomes.
2011 Recycle Florida Today : Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards
The Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards recognizes businesses, public institutions, and individuals for their outstanding achievements in waste reduction, recycling, and use of recycled products. 
CLARK was awarded the Outstanding Waste Reduction Award for the recycling of petroleum contaminated soil, using recycled waste oil for power, and other recycling efforts accomplished at Clark Environmental.
CLARK is focused on improving environmental sustainability through business practices that improve environmental outcomes.

Florida’s Leading Recycler Association Presents the "2011 Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards”

 
On June 7th, Clark Environmental Inc. was awarded the Outstanding Waste Reduction Award for annually diverting 90,000 tons of petroleum contaminated material from being landfilled, and using 750,000 gallons of waste oil for fuel. CLARK thermally treats petroleum contaminated soil preventing a waste stream from being landfilled, while creating a recycled cleanfill with an outstanding compaction rating for use on industrial and road building projects.

Recycle Florida Today’s “Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards” recognize businesses, public institutions, and individuals for their outstanding achievements in waste reduction, recycling, and use of recycled products.

CLARK is focused on improving environmental sustainability through business practices that improve environmental outcomes. CLARK successfully achieves its mission of “Cleaning Earth One Ton at a Time.”

Earth Charter US Sustainable Business Award

Clark Environmental Admin - Friday, May 27, 2011

Clark Environmental, Inc. receives the Earth Charter US Sustainable Business Award

Earth Charter US held their 3rd Annual Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony where eighteen companies were honored for their focus on sustainable efforts on People, Profit, and Planet.  People (Employee and Community Wellbeing), Profit (Economic Performance) and Planet (Environmental Health) wholly describes the Earth Charter US triple bottom line, a method of evaluating corporate performance by measuring profits as well as environmental sustainability and social responsibility. 

The Earth Charter US Sustainable Business Coalition, founded in 2009, partners with the University of Tampa to promote sustainable businesses and provide educational forums and networking opportunities for environmental and social responsibility as well connecting in this worldwide “green” statement. 

Under the direction of Jan Roberts, Earth Charter US Founder and Sykes School of Business Professor, four University of Tampa graduate business students selected the 2011 Sustainable Business Award winners. Nominees were judged based on their contributions to the economic and environmental health of Tampa Bay, community involvement and citizenship, and employee programs, demonstrating their commitment and focus on People, Profit and Planet. 

George Harris, Jr. Award

Clark Environmental Admin - Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Clark Environmental, Inc.  Named the Recipient of the George Harris, Jr. Award

The George Harris, Jr Award from the Central Florida Development Council recognizes excellence in the growth of free enterprise, community service, economic stability and quality growth.  The company, headed by President Beth Clark, has been recognized by both Florida Trend magazine and Polk Works as one of the state’s best places to work. CFDC officials cited the industrial cleaning firm for investing in technology and employee training, as well as its involvement in community projects. Beth is a longtime board member of the CFDC and has served as our vice president of small business development.  Today she serves on our executive committee as our treasurer. 

To the layman, Clark Environmental is a dirt burner. To the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and to its customers, the business is the states only certified thermal treatment facility with a waste processing facility.  Clark Environmental was green long before it was cool or easy to be green. 

Beth and Jim Clark epitomize the leadership and compassion required for creating a family-owned business that is run in a family atmosphere.  Clark Environmental’s 23 employees say their Mulberry company is a great place to work because the Clarks genuinely care about their family of workers and because there is a relaxed work setting to make theirs days productive and energized for innovative thinking.  At the same time, the owners challenge employees to grow in their management skills, their understanding of environmental issues and technologies and to become more confident in their abilities. 

Clark Environmental provides industrial cleaning, disposal and transportation services.  The company's project teams are specialists in the environmental field and offer cost effective solutions for all types of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial material and waste problems. The company has built a reputation for providing its customers exceptional customer service and innovative solutions.
  

Best Places to Work Awards

Clark Environmental Admin - Monday, January 03, 2011

Clark Environmental, Inc. Named to Top 100

 Best Companies to Work for in Florida


Clark Environmental, Inc. was recently named one of Florida’s Best Companies To Work For by Florida Trend magazine. Clark Environmental, Inc. ranked 10th out of 25 companies in the small company category.

One-hundred companies were recognized by the magazine and ranked in small, midsized and large company categories. The rankings in the first statewide Best Companies list appear in the August issue of Florida Trend and on FloridaTrend.com.

The Best Companies To Work For in Florida program was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group and endorsed by the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals, the Florida Economic Development Council (FEDC), the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) and the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Our goal is to recognize companies that strive to build even better workplaces for their employees, thereby strengthening their own as well as Florida’s competitive advantage in the national and global arenas,” says Florida Trend Publisher Bruce Faulmann.

To be considered for participation, companies or government entities had to employ at least 15 workers in Florida and be in business for at least one year.

Companies that chose to participate in the Best Companies To Work For in Florida process underwent a two-part survey process. The first part consisted of evaluating each company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings. Companies were not required to pay a participation fee to go through the online assessment process.

“We’ve highlighted the practices of companies that have established themselves as great places to work — including everything from how they train their workers to how they communicate and the kind of pay and benefits they provide. This is a great opportunity for companies in Florida to learn from each other as they go about improving their own effectiveness,” says Mark Howard, executive editor.

For a complete list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Florida, go to www.FloridaTrend.com/BestCompanies.


Clark Environmental, Inc. Named one of Polk County Best Places to Work

 

Twelve Polk County companies were honored as Polk Works presented its Best Places to Work Awards during the Workforce Agency’s Annual Breakfast Meeting and Success Rally.

Adam Putnam, R-Florida, spoke at the event and was among the award recipients, receiving the Workforce Champion Award. This award is given to an individual or employer who makes significant contributions to workforce and economic development programs.

Clark Environmental, Inc. a Mulberry based company was one of three Best Small Companies to Work for in Polk County by Polk Works.  Clark Environmental was also recently listed as one of Florida’s top 10 Best Companies to Work for in the small business category by Florida Trend Magazine.

Other Polk County Best Places to Work winners in the small, medium, large and mega company categories were: DSM Technology Consultants, Cross, Fernandez & Riley, LLP, American Compliance Technologies, Lanier Upshaw, BCI Engineers & Scientists, Ascent Healthcare Solutions, Bunch and Associates, Ferguson Enterprises, Coca-Cola North America, and Southern Wine & Spirits.