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NORTH BAY - The North Bay Business Journal named 55 winners for its fourth-annual Best Places to Work competition.

Profiles of the winners will appear in a special publication supplementing the Sept. 28 issue, and winners will be honored at a gala reception Sept. 30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. For more information, call 707-521-5264.

The winners were selected from 121 nominees by the Business Journal editorial department based on several criteria, including the results of an anonymous employee survey and a company application that provided information on issues such as diversity, benefits and community involvement.

"Selecting the winners was especially difficult this year because of the outstanding quality of the nominees and the extraordinary efforts companies are taking to sustain the quality of their workplaces in this difficult economic environment," said Business Journal Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief Brad Bollinger. "Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the companies that participated."

The contest has grown from 24 winners in 2006. Nearly 4,500 employees participated this year in the anonymous online survey that is part of the competition. The participating companies represented more than 11,000 employees.

Listed by size category in alphabetical order, the winners are:

20-50 employees

Accuchex

Adobe Associates

Audubon Canyon Ranch

Ben Franklin Press & Label Company

Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers

Burr Pilger Mayer

Carlile Macy

Charter Oak Bank

Circle Bank

Dal Poggetto & Company

Environmental Resolutions

Ghirardo CPA

Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Inn Marin/Rickey's Restaurant

Linkenheimer CPAs & Advisors

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County

O'Brien Watters & Davis

Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

Schurter

ThermaSource

Total Concepts

Valley Tire & Brake

Vantreo Insurance Brokerage

Woodruff-Sawyer & Company

WRA

51-100 employees

CamelBak Products

Coast Landscape Management

First Community Bank

Infineon Raceway

Marizco Landscape Management

NorthWest Insurance Agency

Nova Group

Pacific Landscapes

Petaluma People Services Center

Sonic.net

Sonoma Technology

Winzler & Kelly

101-250 employees

Bank of Marin

Coldwell Banker - Brokers of the Valley

Edward Jones

Embassy Suites - Marin County

Filtration Group

Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire

Idex (formerly Rheodyne)

La Tortilla Factory

Petaluma Health Center

REACH Air Medical Services

Sequoia Senior Solutions

Sonoma Bank

W. Bradley Electric

251-500 employees

Becoming Independent

Bradley Real Estate

Exchange Bank

Redwood Credit Union

1,001+ employees

Kaiser Permanente, Sonoma and Marin counties