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CALIFORNIA HYDRONICS CORP. (CHC)
www.chchydro.com / HQ: Hayward, Calif. / Employees: 158 / Specialty: Hydronic heating and plumbing equipment
/ Robert Polizzi, president and CEO: "We pride ourselves on being heating system experts."
California Hydronics Corp.'s employees care deeply about their work and
relationships with customers and manufacturers. BY JIM HARRIS
Employee retention and engagment are high priorities for California Hydronics Corp.
alifornia Hydronics Corp.
(CHC) believes strongly in creating a positive internal culture.
"Finding and retaining talent is our biggest challenge, especially being located
in northern California, where you have
Google, Apple and Facebook just down
the street," says Robert Polizzi, president
and CEO of the Hayward, Calif.-based
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manufacturer's representative. "It can
be hard to compete with companies like
that, so we focus on making [CHC] a
great place to work so talent comes and
"It amazes me when I walk through
here and see just how much people care
about the company," he adds.
CHC had its employees in mind when
it opened its new office in Vancouver,
Wash., in October. In addition to giving
the company additional office, warehousing and fabrication space, the building includes amenities such as a cafeteria and
fitness center. "We've made it a very nice
place to work - our office doesn't look
like a typical supplier or distributor's office," Polizzi says.
In addition to their competitive salary and benefits package, CHC's employees are all part of the company
ownership. Since 2011, CHC has been a
100 percent employee stock ownership
plan (ESOP) company.
"We try very hard to have a very positive and inclusive culture, and we are
not a command-and-control company,"
he adds. "We stress respect here, and believe everyone needs to be approachable,
a team player and engaged in their work."
Many of the company's employees are
involved in industry organizations such
as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Society
of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) and the
Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors
Association (PHCC). CHC encourages
staff members to be on the board of directors for these organizations.
CHC is a manufacturer's representative
specializing in hydronic heating equipment, steam components, heat transfer
equipment and plumbing accessories. The
company serves customers in the HVAC