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Regional State Farm Office Wins National Award for Outstanding Employee Publication

DuPont, WA. May 27, 2010—An employee magazine produced by State Farm’s Pacific Northwest Zone Communications team has won the McMurry Communications 2010 E2E (Employee to Employee) Communications Award. Timberlines, an internal publication distributed bi-monthly to over 3000 State Farm employees, agents, and retirees in the Pacific Northwest, was among the outstanding internal business communication pieces honored at the Employee Engagement, Social Media, and HR 2010 Conference in Chicago May 12-13. It competed against employee communications from Walgreens, Pepsi, Bank of America, and others.

The E2E Communication Awards began in 2008 as the only awards program dedicated solely to the celebration of internal communication. The honor recognizes innovative media demonstrating the effectiveness of timely, candid, free-flowing communications in transforming and sustaining corporate cultures.  Workforce communications from companies of all sizes are eligible for consideration.  This is the second E2E award for Timberlines, which was also honored in 2008.

Timberlines Editor Suzanne Cross leads a collaborative team of seven writers, graphic designers, and photographers to produce the magazine for State Farm associates in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, and Alaska. The publication’s articles highlight State Farm’s philosophies on leadership, customer service, and effective business management. “Timberlines is an extremely important business tool for the Pacific Northwest Zone,” says Cross. “It helps our employees and agents understand where they fit in achieving the company’s objective: to be our customers’ first and best choice for the products and services State Farm provides.”

Indeed, survey results of the associates in State Farm’s Pacific Northwest Zone are the key reason Timberlines received the E2E award. Ninety-five percent of survey respondents said Timberlines helps “understand company goals and how I can impact those goals.”

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About State Farm®:
State Farm insures more cars and homes than any other insurer in the U.S., is the leading insurer of watercraft and is also a leading insurer in Canada. State Farm's 17,700 agents and more than 67,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – almost 79 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 34 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit statefarm.com® or in Canada statefarm.ca®.

About McMurry
McMurry, with four offices in Arizona and New York, offers a complete line of marketing communications services to a variety of clientele, including GlaxoSmithKline, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Amtrak, CBS, Aon, CVS Caremark, Waste Management, Liberty Mutual, PNC, 24 Hour Fitness and Thomson Reuters, as well as resources to more than 10,000 corporate professionals. The company has specialized practices in healthcare, finance and insurance. It is among the largest independent marketing communications companies in the U.S. and is recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute and Society for Human Resource Management as one of the top five "Best Small Companies to Work For" in the U.S.

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