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MVAA honors Veteran-Friendly Employers at awards breakfast

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LANSING, Mich. – A record 157 job providers were honored Tuesday during the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency’s (MVAA) 2017 Veteran-Friendly Employer Awards and Recognition Breakfast held on the campus of Oakland University. 

2017 gold-level employersOrganizations were recognized for earning either bronze-, silver- or gold-level status as participants of the MVAA Veteran-Friendly Employer program. Award levels are determined based on participants meeting certain criteria. The number of program participants has grown exponentially since its start in 2014, having more than doubled in size over the past year alone. 

“The Veteran-Friendly Employer program has been a great success, helping veterans to find good jobs and employers to find qualified workers,” said MVAA Director James Robert Redford. “Through this growing program we are not only helping Michigan’s veterans identify job providers who value and want them, but we’re also working with those job providers to develop internal processes and programs to support employees who are veterans and active military members and their families.”

The Veteran-Friendly Employer program helps veterans to more easily recognize job opportunities in a variety of industries and identify employers committed to hiring and supporting veteran talent in their workforces. The program also recognizes organizations for their dedication to recruiting, hiring, training and maintaining veteran talent. In 2017, Veteran-Friendly Employers hired nearly 2,000 veterans. 

For 2017, eight organizations were certified as gold-level Veteran-Friendly Employers: Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, General Motors, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police, Quicken Loans, Roush Enterprises and Whirlpool Corporation.

To receive gold-level status, employers must retain at least 75 percent of veteran hires over the past 12 months, implement internal veteran support networks and create either a hiring rotation or leadership development program within their organization, in addition to meeting all other requirements under the Veteran-Friendly Employer program. 

Herman Miller was the recipient of this year’s Rising Star Award. The award is presented to an employer that exhibits new and novel approaches to veteran recruitment and hiring. The company was selected for its growing Inclusiveness Resource Team, which in part works to recruit veterans and assist in veteran outreach through programs, partnerships and events. It was also recognized for its stated goal of increasing spending with veteran businesses by $1 million.

Fifteen organizations were honored as silver-level employers for meeting or exceeding their veteran hiring goals and implementing internship and on-the-job training programs for veterans, including AlixPartners, Beaumont Health, Cooper Standard, Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Kalamazoo County, Kellogg’s, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Move Systems, OpTech, Prestige Engineering, Uniform Color Company and Verizon.

One hundred thirty four organizations were certified as bronze-level Veteran-Friendly Employers for their veteran hiring policies and practices: 

AlliedBarton Security Services
All Star Driver Education
American Recycling Center Inc.
Armored Group
Army Land Systems Division, PD Systems, Inc.
Atlas Space Operations
Atlas Trucking
Autocam Medical
Babkis Enterprises, Inc.
Barfly Ventures
Bella Paint and Design
Belmont Engineered Plastics
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Boo Bear Trucking
Bridgewater Interiors
Care Tech Solutions
Cascade Engineering
Case Systems, Inc.
City of Lansing
City Shield Security Services
CMP Distributors
Comfort Research
Consumers Credit Union
Contract Professionals Inc.
Crane 1 Services
Daifuku North America
Detroit Zoological Society
Dobson Healthcare Services, Inc.
Duncan Aviation Inc.
Eisenhower Center
Electro Chemical Finishing
Essential Team Resources
Executive Car Rental
Expetec of MI
Express Employment Professionals of Howell/Brighton
Fab & Engineering Co.
Flexfab, LLC
GCH Tool
Great Lakes Auto Superstore
Great Lakes Bay Health Centers
Grid 4 Communications
Handle With Care Moving & Delivery
He Cleans Too, LLC
Hemco Gage
Henry Ford Health System
Herman Miller
Hitachi Automotive Systems
Holland Regional
Hollingsworth Logistics Group
How Sweet It Is Fudge & Candy Co.
HTC Global
Indian Trails
Ingenuity IEQ
ITC Holdings
Jo’s Cleaning & Organizing
Kelly Services Inc.
Lapeer Industries
Link Engineering Company
Lipari Foods
LME/K&A Resource Group
MAAN DOWN Home Help Agency
Macomb County Sheriff
McCann Worldgroup Detroit
Meritor Inc.
MIAT College of Technology
Michigan First Credit Union
Motor City Detail
Muskegon County
Northstar Landscape
Odyssey Woodworking
Orange Electronic
Ostland Service Company
Peckham Inc.
Performance Driven Workforce
Perrigo Company
Point Dedicated Services
Precision Care
Precision Door
Professional Recruiters Group
PROS Services Inc.
Quick-Way Inc.
RCO Engineering
Road Commission of Oakland County
Robin Aire Heating & Cooling
Shape Corp.
Short Freight Lines
Spectrum Health
Spider Control
Stanley Roofing
Sterling Oil & Chemical Co.
Sunrise Stores
Sysco Detroit
T&J The Pool Guys
The Stow Company
Toyoda Gosei Group
Tribar Manufacturing
Trinity Services Group
TSG Collaborative
TTI Global
Unified Business Technologies
United Electrical Contractors
University Management
US Foods
Utilities Instrumentation Service
Veteran Painting
Wolverine Expeditor
Work Skills Corporation
Zeitner and Sons Inc

PHOTO CAPTION: Gold-Level Veteran-Friendly Employers pose for a photo after the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency’s Veteran-Friendly Employer program awards breakfast, which was held at Oakland University on Dec. 12. The 2017 gold-level recipients were Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, General Motors, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State Police, Quicken Loans, Roush Enterprises and Whirlpool Corporation.