Summit Utilities, Inc. Named 2020 Best Places to Work in Arkansas


FORT SMITH, AR – Summit Utilities Inc., parent company of Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation (AOG) was recently named as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Arkansas.

This eighth annual awards program was created by Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group whereby the program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Arkansas, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 47 companies.

“By digging deep to understand what is most important to our people, we’ve built a strong company culture and created a rewarding team member experience that encourages pioneering, excellence, agility, kindness, and safety. As a result, when COVID-19 hit, our teams we were able to continuously adapt to provide safe, clean, and reliable energy solutions to our community. In the middle of a global pandemic, it is an exceptional honor to be named one of the best places to work in Arkansas,” expressed Fred Kirkwood, Chief Customer Officer, Summit Utilities, Inc.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Arkansas. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Arkansas, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

AOG provides natural gas service to approximately 60,000 residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma communities. AOG has served the Fort Smith community and surrounding areas with safe and reliable service for nearly 75 years.