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OtterBox Named Top Workplace in National Ranking

FORT COLLINS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OtterBox®, maker of premium protective cases for mobile technology, once again received recognition as one of the best workplaces in the United States on the Great Place to Work® annual 2012 Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, published today in FORTUNE magazine. Recognized as a company with an exceptional workplace culture, OtterBox ranked No. 7.

OtterBox was selected among hundreds of companies vying for a place on the list this year. This is the second year OtterBox has participated in the Great Place to Work survey process and the second year it has landed a spot on the national ranking, up from No. 22 last year.

“As much as we seek to be a leader in providing protective solutions for mobile technology, we also strive to be a best-in-class employer,” said OtterBox President and CEO Brian Thomas. “Our employees, or ‘otters’ as we call them, are responsible for making this company one of the fastest growing in the nation and in order to attract and keep top talent, we’ve focused on creating a culture that fosters innovation and inspires passion. We’re honored to be included among the top workplaces in the nation and will continue to prioritize culture because having a great workplace is not an expense, it’s an investment.”

OtterBox takes a well-rounded approach to creating a great place to work - from its state-of-the art facilities and top-tier benefits to its philosophy of employee engagement and corporate social responsibility. OtterBox corporate headquarters embodies the company culture with a professional yet fun environment. The lobby features a spiral slide as well as self-service latte machine and soda fountain. Throughout its eight Northern Colorado facilities are pinball machines, massage chairs and plenty of informal meeting areas for impromptu collaboration. The company also emphasizes giving back through its charitable arm the OtterCares Foundation and 24-hours of paid time off for volunteer activities.

Great Place to Work has found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with. Now in its ninth year, the competition is divided into two categories, small (50-250 employees) and medium (251-999 employees). Applicant companies opt to participate in the selection process, which includes an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about their programs and company practices. Great Place to Work then evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions: credibility, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie.

“The Best Small & Medium Workplaces list grows more competitive every year and this list represents the best of the best,” said Susan Lucas-Conwell, Global Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work. “While each company is unique, what they have in common are strong cultures that support positive workplaces.”

Organizations named on the list see many benefits that include better financial performance, less employee turnover, higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, more innovative and creative thinking, higher productivity and enhanced public perception.

To see the full 2012 Great Place to Work Best Small & Medium Workplaces list, visit www.greatplacetowork.com or http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/companies/2012/10/25/best-medium-companies.fortune/7.html.

Additional information about OtterBox can be found at www.OtterBox.com or on its winning Great Place to Work company profile at www.greatplacetowork.com/2012-best-workplaces/otterbox.

About OtterBox:

Built upon fundamentals of hard work, innovation and perseverance, OtterBox is a leader in the production of premier protective solutions for global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors.

Incorporating creativity and cutting-edge design into every product, OtterBox creates sleek and durable cases that offer reliable device protection to complement any lifestyle.

OtterBox was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo. In 2010 OtterBox established an EMEA headquarters in Ireland and an APAC headquarters in Hong Kong.

For more information, visit www.OtterBox.com or call 888-695-8820. We’ve Got Technology Covered.

About Great Place to Work:

Great Place to Work is a global consulting and management training firm specializing in workplace excellence and development of high-trust organizational cultures. Its proprietary research tool, the Trust Index© Employee Survey is taken by over 10 million employees in 45 countries annually. Leading companies worldwide apply its Model® to increase the levels of trust across their organizations and drive business results. Annually, Great Place to Work produces the annual FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list and the Great Place to Work Best Small and Medium Workplaces list.

Follow Great Place to Work online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

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Kelly Richardson, 970-372-1875kelly.richardson@otterbox.com