S.D. American Legion honors local employers

S.D. American Legion honors local employers The American Legion of South Dakota honored several local employers within the state during their 90th Annual Department Convention which was held in Watertown, June 12-15. Honored for having positive programs for hiring military veterans were the following employers who were presented with plaques designating them as â�?�?The American Legion Department of South Dakota 2008 Employer of theYear for Hiring Veterans.â�? In the small size group, for employers who employ 50 or fewer employees, The American Legion recognized Northwest Cedar Products, Inc. of Vermillion. Thirty-six percent of Northwest Cedar Productsâ�?�? current employees are veterans and 66 percent of the new hires during the past year have been veterans. In the medium size group, for employers who employ 51-200 employees, The American Legion recognized Terex Utilities of Huron. Twenty-nine percent of Terex Utilitiesâ�?�? current employees are veterans and 19 percent of the new hires during the past year have been veterans. Don Anderson accepted the award from State Commander Gary Watts of White and Department Employment Committee Chairman Gary Warne of Aberdeen. In the large size group, for employers of 201 or more employees, The American Legion recognized Angus Palm of Watertown. Almost 11 percent (10.97) of Angus Palmâ�?�?s current employees are veterans and 9 percent of the new hires during the past year have been veterans. Clark Breitag accepted the award from State Commander Gary Watts of White and Department Employment Committee Chairman Gary Warne of Aberdeen. County Fair Foods of Watertown was recognized as â�?�?The American Legion Department of South Dakota 2008 Employer of the Year for Hiring the Disabled.â�? County Fair Foods was noted for have 13 disabled persons among its 90 employees. Jeff and Annette Gamber accepted the award from State Commander Gary Watts of White and Department Employment Committee Chairman Gary Warne of Aberdeen. Sioux Merchant Patrol, Inc. of Sioux Falls was recognized as â�?�?The American Legion Department of South Dakota 2008 Employer of the Year for Hiring Older Workers.â�? Seventeen of Sioux Merchant Patrolâ�?�?s 45 employees are over the age of 55. David Kearney accepted the award from State Commander Gary Watts of White and Department Employment Committee Chairman Gary Warne of Aberdeen. The Sioux Falls Career Center was recognized as â�?�?The South Dakota American Legion 2008 Employment Service Local Office of the Year.â�? The Sioux Falls Career Centerâ�?�?s Veterans Outreach Representatives showed an impressive record of placing veterans and disabled veterans into employment positions within the past year. Seventy-one percent of the 846 veteran applicants were placed into employment positions. Sixty-seven precent of the 91 disabled veteran applicants were placed into employment positions. Additionally, the office was sighted for its extensive outreach efforts within the veterans network and veterans service organizations. It is also noted that the office has been extensively involved within the local community in an effort to ensure that the needs of veterans and their families and homeless veterans are being served. Tom Austin accepted the award from State Commander Gary Watts of White and Department Employment Committee Chairman Gary Warne of Aberdeen. The awards are sponsored by The American Legion National Economics Commission.

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