Knoxville 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.”
Nominations for the 2013 Freedom Award, which is given to employers for their support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve, are now being accepted.
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 21, 2013, the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve said Thursday. Employers may be nominated by Guard and Reserve members, or their family members. ESGR is a Department of Defense agency.
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is the nation’s highest recognition given to civilian employers.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is one of two Tennessee employers selected as finalists for the 2012 Freedom Award, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense agency, announced today.
Marketing firm iostudio of Nashville was also selected as a finalist.
The Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award is given to employers in recognition of their support of employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
Nominations for the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, the Department of Defense’s highest award for civilian employers, are now being accepted.
As of Nov. 1, more than 1,700 Guard and Reserve members had submitted nominations, including 38 nominations from Tennessee service members, according to news release from Employer Support of Guard and Reserve, a defense department agency.
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 16. Nominations may be made by service members or a family member acting on their behalf.