Colton, Calif. December 6, 2022 – U.S. Rubber has been named to the Inc 2022 Best in Business list in the Manufacturing category for its Bounce Back!Second-chance hiring program, which offers opportunity to formerly incarcerated people committed to rebuilding their lives. Inc.’s Best in Business Awards honor companies that have made an extraordinary impact in their fields and on society.
The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. magazine, recognizes the most dynamic companies of all sizes and industries that have had an outstanding influence on their communities, their industries, the environment, or society as a whole.
“Bounce Back! is the soul of U.S. Rubber’s culture,” says U.S. Rubber CEO Jeff Baldassari. “About two-thirds of our employees are ex-felons who show up and work hard every day to turn their lives around. This award belongs to our entire team. Approximately 70 million Americans have a criminal record that prevents them from finding jobs, even after they’ve paid their debt to society.
I hope this recognition will help push second-chance hiring to the forefront of our national conversation about who deserves a second chance.”
Rather than relying on quantitative criteria tied to sales or funding, Inc.’s editors reviewed the companies’ achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in 55 different categories – from advertising to sustainability to retail, and more – and in age-based, revenue-based, size-based, and impact- based categories.
The applicant pool was extremely competitive – a huge success for the 241 honored in the list’s third year. Honorees for gold, silver, bronze, and general excellence across industries and categories are featured online at inc.com/best-in-business.