Knox metal shop wins DoD Freedom Award

0425_KCLO_Steel_Plate_02.JPGKnoxville metal shop Steel Plate Fabricators is one of 15 employers nationwide to win the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the defense department announced.
Eastman Chemical, a Kingsport, Tenn.-based maker of specialty chemicals, also won this year’s award.

The award is the highest civilian recognition presented by the defense department and is given to employers who demonstrate exceptional support for employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

“I am very humbled by it. “I’m a little bit overwhelmed,” Steel Plate President Mike Russell said Wednesday. It’s quite an honor and we’re proud to have won the award. We have a great team here.”


Some 2,899 employers were nominated for this year’s award.

Eastman Chemical, a Kingsport, Tenn.-based maker of specialty chemicals, also won this year’s award.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 26.
Steel Plate Fabricators does metal fabrication for a variety of industries, including aircraft, medical, electronics, pharmaceutical, transportation, construction and others, according to the company website.

The other winners of the 2013 Freedom Award include a fire department, insurance company, grocery store chain, banks and others.

Click here for more on the Freedom Award.

Photo: Steel Plate Fabricators President Mike Russell is pictured on May 15, 2012. (Amy Smotherman Burgess/ News Sentinel)