Torch Technologies Wins the 2020 North Alabama Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics

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November 20, 2020
Torch Technologies (Torch), a 100% employee-owned technology services and solutions company, has been awarded the coveted North Alabama Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in the Government Contractor category for 2020.

With this year’s recognition, Torch is now the only four-time recipient of the North Alabama Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award, having also won this award in the Mid-size Company category in 2005, the Large-size Company category in 2009, and the Government Contractor category in 2015.

Presented annually, the BBB Torch Award honors businesses that demonstrate exceedingly high standards of behavior toward customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and communities; adherence to truthful and honorable advertising and sales practices; and an earned reputation for noteworthy contributions to their industries and the communities in which they do business. In lieu of the traditional annual awards luncheon, this year, due to COVID-19, winners were presented their awards at their place of business.

The Torch Award is designed to promote not only the importance of ethical business practices, but the willingness and efforts made by outstanding businesses to ensure that our country’s marketplace remains fair and honorable for all Americans. Candidates for the Torch Award were nominated and given the opportunity to submit information regarding their ethical relationships with customers, employees, and vendors. A prestigious panel comprised of representatives of the academic and business community judged the 26 entries from businesses and organizations that accepted their nomination and provided an entry for the Torch Award.

“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama,” said Torch President and CEO John Watson. “The BBB upholds a national standard for enterprise and ethics, and we feel that receiving the Torch Award is one of the highest compliments that could be paid to us.”

The BBB awarded the 2020 Torch Award for Ethics to: Jackson Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in the Small Business Category (1-25 employees); Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne P.C. in the Mid-Size Company Category (26-99 employees); Farmers Telecommunication Cooperative in the Large Business Category (100+ employees), Torch Technologies in the Government Contractor Category; and Ethic Tech in the Veteran-Owned Category.

About Torch Technologies: Founded in October 2002, Torch Technologies, Inc. (Torch) is a 100% employee owned business dedicated to quality technical services, competitive costs and ethical business practices. Torch has received both national and local recognition for its business performance, workplace environment, and ethical business practices. Most recently, in 2020, Torch won the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Business Ethics in the North Alabama Region for the fourth time, also winning in 2015, 2009, and 2005. Also in 2020, Great Place to Work named Torch one of the country's Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services for the fifth consecutive year, and Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine named Torch one of the country's Best Workplaces for Millennials for a second year, with previous recognition in 2018. Torch was ranked on the Inc. 5000 list for the fourteenth consecutive year in 2020, and Washington Technology listed Torch in its annual “Top 100” Government Contractors ranking for the sixth consecutive year. Bloomberg Government listed Torch in its annual “Top 200” ranking for the fourth consecutive year in 2020, and Torch was selected for a 2020 Colorado Springs Business Journal “Best in Business” award. In 2019, Torch was ranked on the Entrepreneur 360 list for the third consecutive year. In 2018, Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine named Torch a Best Medium Workplace for the third consecutive year. Additionally, Torch was recognized as the 2018 ESOP Company of the Year by the New South Chapter of The ESOP Association. Torch was also named a winner of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Huntsville award, marking Torch’s fifth time to receive this honor, with previous wins in 2017, 2016, 2012, and 2008. In 2016, Torch was named one of America’s Best Small Companies by Forbes. For more information, visit the company’s website at

Cayce McAlister, Communications Specialist, (256) 319-7521