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.”
National Guard and Reserve members and their familiers have until Jan. 17, 2011 to nominate employers for the award which is given annually to recognize businesses for outstanding support of Guard and Reserve members.