Albuquerque, N.M.--Jewelry supplier Rio Grande is one of the best places to work in New Mexico, according to weekly business newspaper Albuquerque Business First.

Rio Grande was one of five business recognized in the Very Large Companies category of the publication’s 10th annual “Best Place to Work” survey. The business, which has 400 employees, also won Best Places to Work titles in 2010 and 2012.

Founded in 1944 by Saul Bell and purchased by Richline Group, a Berkshire Hathaway company, in 2012, Rio Grande is operated by second-generation Bell family members, providing findings, tools and equipment for the jewelry industry. The business joins 34 others across New Mexico recognized in the Best Places to Work results, the scores derived from confidential third-party surveys given to employees at participating companies.

“Rio Grande has a wonderful and diverse group of associates who are willing to share knowledge and give each other a hand,” said Teresa Sexton, a Rio Grande employee who has been with the company for five years. “In the on-boarding sessions for new hires, we frequently hear how ‘at home’ people feel here and how amazing it is that we welcome questions and ideas … Rio understands that teamwork is what gets things done, and Rio has it by the truckload.”


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