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1-800 CONTACTS Wins Utah's Most Prestigious Award for Workplace Excellence -- Work/Life Award: Utah's Best Places to Work -- for the Fifth Consecutive Year; Nearly 200 Companies Competed for the Honor

Monday, July 28, 2008 General News J E 4
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DRAPER, Utah, July 28 For the fifth consecutive year, 1-800 CONTACTS, the world's largest contact lens store(TM), has received Utah'smost prestigious award for work place excellence, the Work/Life Award: BestPlaces to Work.

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One hundred and eighty eight companies competed for the honor -- thelargest number of nominations ever received, according to the Department ofWorkforce Services. Twenty one winners were announced in three sizecategories: large, medium and micro companies. Gov. Jon Huntsman joined theaward winners at a formal luncheon ceremony July 16 in Salt Lake City.

In winning the award, Max Neves, Vice President of Human Resources, saidthe recognition "is a high honor that reflects our uncompromising commitmentto treating our associates as partners and colleagues. Creating an exemplarywork life environment has been a top priority at 1-800 CONTACTS since thecompany was founded in 1995."

In the past few years, 1-800 CONTACTS has introduced a number ofassociate-friendly policies including such things as a "work-at-home" optionthat allows associates to work from home; and an Associate Outreach Fund whichprovides emergency, limited, one-time, non-recurring financial assistance toassociates experiencing a unique financial crisis. In addition, 1-800CONTACTS associates enjoy flexible work schedules as well as an award winningcafeteria and 5,000 square foot gym and wellness center staffed with fourpersonal trainers and equipped with the latest exercise machines, freeweights, electronic games, showers, and personal TV's with TiVo.

Background on 1-800 CONTACTS

1-800 CONTACTS, based in Draper, Utah, is the world's largest contact lensstore. The company stocks almost 10 million contact lenses and delivers over150,000 every day directly to customers. 1-800 CONTACTS has delivered oversixteen million orders to more than five million customers since the companywas created in 1995. Through its easy-to-remember, toll-free telephone number"1-800 CONTACTS" (1-800-266-8288) and its Internet Web site,http://www.1800contacts.com, the company sells all of the most popular brandsof contact lenses including Acuvue Oasys, Acuvue Advance, and Focus DAILIES.High volume, cost-efficient operations enable 1-800 CONTACTS to offer productsat competitive prices while delivering a high level of customer service.

SOURCE 1-800 CONTACTS
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