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Going for Gold


Most people in Salt Lake City have probably heard of O.C. Tanner, but think it's just a jewelry store. In fact, it is also one of the largest employee-recognition firms in the industry, helping companies all over the world find the perfect way to honor their high achievers and loyal performers. Currently, the company is manufacturing commemorative rings for donation to members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.

Back when the 2002 Olympics were headed to Salt Lake City, the United States Olympic Committee sought a local vendor to make the medals. O.C. Tanner was the natural choice, which led to an alliance between the two.

"We love our partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee," Sandra Christensen, vice president of awards, says. "Being able to ensure every U.S. Olympic athlete leaves the games with a piece of gold is meaningful to us. We're a company that encourages the appreciation of greatness in workplaces, and being able to recognize the greatness of our U.S. Olympians and Paralympians is important to us."

It's no wonder the committee turned to them when it needed a way to recognize all athletes, regardless of who had won a medal.

Thousands of businesses—including almost a third of Fortune's 100 Best Places to Work—use O.C. Tanner's technology, tools, awards and education services to engage talent, increase performance and help employees strive for greatness. The company is headquartered in Salt Lake City, but has offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Mexico, China, Singapore, Japan and Australia.

These awards can be used to recognize significant corporate milestones, product launches, growth accomplishments or specific events like holidays and Employee Appreciation Day. Years-of-service and retirement programs can help celebrate the contributions of team members over time, improving morale individually and team-wide. And if plaques or pins aren't your thing, they also offer unique products such as personalized yearbooks.

The business was founded in 1927 as a jewelry store, and still maintains two retail locations, which tie back into the company's roots of crafting recognition pins. These stores carry some of the finest pieces in the state, including necklaces, watches and more. Just like a member of Team USA, you too can have a piece that reflects the company's quality and artistry.

O.C. Tanner
Headquarters: 1930 S. State
Jewelry Store: 15 S. State