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No. 036/2009

Miele receives excellence award from the New Jersey Business & Industry Association
NJBIA chooses Miele as an Outstanding Employer

Princeton, New Jersey – October 20, 2009 Miele, the world’s largest family-owned and operated appliance company, was one of four companies awarded the Outstanding Employer achievement by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA). This prestigious honor for outstanding workforce management practices, is bestowed as one of NJBIA’s 2009 Excellence Awards, presented to a select few New Jersey companies in four award categories: Environmental Quality, Business Expanision, Outstanding Employer and Public Service.

“Miele is honored to be recognized by the New Jersey Business & Industry Association as an Outstanding Employer,” stated Ingrid Astudillo, Miele Human Resources Manager. “At Miele, we are genuinely invested in the well-being of our employees and their families, and we truly believe that our main asset is the people working for Miele.”

Princeton serves as Miele’s U.S. headquarters. Approximately 200 of Miele’s 424 employees are based out of this location and 36% of employees have been with the company for at least ten years.  The 55,000 square foot building on Route One, designed by world-renowned architect Michael Graves, is an icon of comtemporary design and its youthful, energetic appearance is reflective of the company, its products and employees.

Miele offers its employees unique benefits such as access to a full coffee bar equipped with the brand’s own built-in coffee systems where they can make themselves complimentary coffee, cappuccino, espresso or latté. An on-site laundry facility featuring the company’s own washers, dryers and detergents gives employees the opportunity to wash their garments conveniently while they work. If garments need to be professionally cleaned, Miele provides a dry cleaning service that will pick up and deliver the clothes.  In addition, Miele’s mailroom stands ready to help employees ship their packages via UPS or Federal Express. At Miele’s Princeton Gallery, employees have access to a kitchen outfitted with Miele’s refrigerators, ovens and cooktops where they can cook their own lunch. “All of these services are provided so our employees can accomplish their chores during the day and enjoy their time outside of the office. We strongly believe that a work life and home life balance is important,” explained Astudillo.

Aside from a complimentary Employee Assistance Program, full health benefits and a 401K plan, Miele offers fully-paid gym memberships through Princeton Fitness & Wellness Professional Services, LLC.  This gives employees access to fitness centers such as the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health & Wellness, Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, as well as others throughout the state. In addition, Miele offers discounts on smoking cessation, homeopathic remedies and weight loss programs. Miele also plans enjoyable activities and contests for their employees. This ranges from the ‘Miele Olympics’, luau barbeques and building-wide egg hunts, to tasks encouraging teamwork such as departmental gingerbread house building, t-shirt decorating and pumpkin carving.  “These are small gestures meant to break up the normal routine and our employees genuinely enjoy them,” stated Astudillo.

Community service and charity are important to Miele.  In addition to having a company-wide Holiday Food Collection, Miele gives every employee eight hours off per calendar year to use as volunteer time at a local charity. “When you join Miele you are given an invitation to join the Miele ‘family’ and encounter the ‘Miele Experience’. That begins when you walk through the door each morning,” said Astudillo.

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association recognizes Miele as a company who demonstrates a creative and forward-looking approach to managing its human resources.  The NJBIA 2009 Awards for Excellence were presented on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 during the NJBIA awards dinner, held at The Pines Manor in Edison, NJ.


About the New Jersey Business & Industry Association

The New Jersey Business & Industry Association is an employer association providing information, services and advocacy for its member companies in order to build a more prosperous New Jersey. With 22,000 member companies in all industries and in every region of the state, the NJBIA is the nation’s largest statewide employer association. The NJBIA’s staff of government affairs experts frequently testifies before the Legislature and State agencies in efforts to protect the interests of New Jersey businesses. Regarded as the most credible and effective advocate for business in the state, the NJBIA is truly the voice of business in New Jersey. The New Jersey Business & Industry Association is located in Trenton, NJ.

About Miele

There are only a few brands in the world that have sustained their vision, traditions and quality for more than a century. Fewer still that can claim consistent family ownership and international brand name integrity. And only one that is recognized for creating the world’s most innovative appliances. Founded in Germany in 1899 with a single promise of Immer Besser, a phrase meaning Forever Better, Miele has dynamically grown to become the world’s largest family-owned and operated appliance company with over 16,000 employees in 44 countries.

As a premium appliance brand represented on all continents, Miele is steadfastly committed to the highest quality, performance and environmental standards. The company’s innovative heritage, state-of-the-art design and engineering aesthetic have inspired comparison to other German brands synonymous with innovation: Mercedes-Benz and BMW.

Miele’s range of exceptional consumer appliances includes: vacuum cleaners; laundry systems; rotary irons; dishwashers; built-in convection, speed and steam ovens; cooktops; ventilation hoods; refrigeration; wine storage and coffee systems. In addition, Miele Professional offers commercial cleaning equipment such as laboratory glassware washers, industrial parts cleaning systems, dental disinfectors and commercial wet cleaning systems.

For more information, consumers and design professionals can call 800.843.7231, log on at or visit one of Miele’s modern product showrooms in Beverly Hills, CA; Boca Raton, FL; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Princeton, NJ; New York, NY; Wellesley, MA; San Francisco, CA; Scottsdale, AZ and Seattle, WA.




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Miele's Human Resources Team: Kimberly Fleming, Pat Dunn, Ingrid Astudillo
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