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Centier, Peoples, Horseshoe among top places to work

Munster-based Peoples Bank was named one of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Best Places to Work, along with Centier Bank, Horseshoe Casino Hammond and Lakeside Wealth Management in Chesterton.

Employee morale is likely high at a few Northwest Indiana companies that were recognized as some of the state's top workplaces.

Centier Bank, Peoples Bank, Horseshoe Casino Hammond and Lakeside Wealth Management in Chesterton were all named to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Top 100 Best Places to Work in Indiana.

"A record-breaking number of applicants — approaching 200 — has made the program more competitive," Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said. "That shows in which organizations were selected as a Best Place to Work and in the rankings themselves. ... These are organizations that demonstrate to their employees through their culture, communication, career opportunities, benefits and more how much they value their contributions to the overall success and bottom line."

The rankings are based on employee surveys and and employer reports. All the companies that apply for the honor get in-depth evaluations based on employee feedback they can use to retain and recruit talent.

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Lakeside Wealth Management in Chesterton was named one of the top places to work among small companies with 15-74 employees, while Munster-based Peoples Bank was recognized in the category of medium companies with 75-249 employees. Merrillville-based Centier was honored as a large company with 250-999 employees, and Horseshoe was held up as a top workplace among major companies with more than 1,000 employees.

Centier, the state's largest privately owned community bank, has won the honor for nine straight years, spokeswoman Angela Jimenez said.

All the winners will be feted in May at an awards ceremony in downtown Indianapolis.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.