Vermont Business Magazine Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve state committees selected 149 nominees for the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. A thorough vetting process, from the more than 2,350 nominations submitted by Guardsmen and Reservists, determined the semifinalists. Three Vermont organizations were named: Rescue Inc; University of Vermont; and UVM Medical Center.
These semifinalists are from both large and small employers, as well as government organizations, representing numerous industries across the United States. ESGR received nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.
Check out the complete list of semifinalists below.
An ESGR national review board will select and announce the 30 finalists by March 30.
History of the Freedom Award:
- The Freedom Award began in 1996 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to draw attention to support from the employer community.
- To date, only 250 employers have received the award.
- More than 19,000 nominations received since 2011.
Here are this year’s semifinalists listed alphabetically by state:
Employer State Employer Category Employer Name
Vermont Small Business Rescue Inc. (Brattleboro)
Vermont Public Sector University of Vermont (Burlington)
Vermont Large Business UVM Medical Center (Burlington)
Alabama Public Sector City of Birmingham (Birmingham Police)
Alabama Small Business Ethic Tech, LLC
Alabama Large Business SCI Technology, Inc.
Alaska Public Sector Department of Corrections (State of Alaska)
Arizona Small Business Angel Medflight
Arizona Public Sector Phoenix Fire Department
Arizona Large Business Republic Services
Arkansas Large Business J.B. HUNT
Arkansas Small Business Littlefield Oil
Arkansas Public Sector North Little Rock Police Department
California Small Business Consolidated Contracting Services, Inc.
California Large Business Genentech, Inc.
California Large Business Qualcomm Technologies
California Public Sector Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Colorado Large Business Coalfire
Colorado Public Sector Defense Contract Management Agency
Colorado Small Business Delta Solutions and Strategies
Connecticut Public Sector Portland High School
Delaware Small Business EDIS Company
Delaware Public Sector New Castle County, Department of Special Services
Delaware Large Business W. L. Gore & Associates, Incorporated
Delaware Public Sector Wilmington Police Department
District of Columbia Public Sector National Security Division - U.S. Department of Justice
District of Columbia Large Business PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Florida Small Business Ajax Paving Industries of Florida, LLC
Florida Large Business Becker & Poliakoff, P.A.
Florida Large Business G4S Secure Solutions
Georgia Public Sector Forsyth County Sheriff's Office
Georgia Large Business Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
Georgia Small Business Woodstone Cabinetry
Guam Small Business Docomo Pacific Inc.
Guam Large Business DZSP21
Guam Public Sector Guam Army National Guard
Hawaii Large Business Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & IMF
Idaho Small Business Wright Brothers, The Building Company
Illinois Large Business Astellas Pharma Inc.
Illinois Small Business Aux Sable Liquid Products
Illinois Large Business Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Illinois Public Sector Village of Roselle Police Department
Indiana Small Business AME Swiss Machining LLC
Indiana Large Business Benchmark Human Services
Indiana Public Sector Customs and Border Protection Agency
Iowa Small Business Crystal Group Inc.
Iowa Large Business Rockwell Collins
Iowa Small Business St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Kansas Public Sector Ellsworth Correctional Facility
Kentucky Large Business LG&E and KU Energy
Kentucky Public Sector Northern Kentucky University
Kentucky Small Business Peters Electric Inc.
Louisiana Public Sector Covington Police Department
Louisiana Large Business ExxonMobil - Baton Rouge Area
Louisiana Small Business Richardson Medical Center
Maine Public Sector Bangor School Department
Maine Large Business MaineGeneral Medical Center
Maine Small Business Vigilance Software
Maryland Small Business Cambridge Flight Support
Maryland Large Business KeyW Corporation
Maryland Public Sector Wicomico County Sheriff's Office
Massachusetts Large Business Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Massachusetts Small Business Red Oak Sourcing, LLC
Massachusetts Public Sector Worcester Police Department
Michigan Public Sector Michigan Department of Corrections
Michigan Large Business Whirlpool Corporation
Michigan Small Business Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ
Minnesota Large Business Ecolab
Minnesota Public Sector Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Public Sector Minnesota State College Southeast
Minnesota Small Business PaR Systems, LLC
Mississippi Small Business Air Comm, LLC
Mississippi Large Business Anderson Regional Hospital
Missouri Small Business Big Sky Advisors
Missouri Large Business BJC Healthcare
Missouri Public Sector City of Kansas City Missouri
Nebraska Public Sector Imperial Police Department
Nebraska Large Business Mutual of Omaha
Nebraska Public Sector Nebraska City Police Department
Nebraska Large Business Werner Enterprises
Nevada Small Business Battlefield Vegas
Nevada Large Business Bently Nevada Division of Baker Hughes, a GE Company
Nevada Public Sector State of Nevada
New Hampshire Large Business Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
New Jersey Public Sector Borough of Paramus
New Jersey Large Business Hackensack Meridian Health
New Jersey Large Business Prudential Financial Inc.
New Mexico Small Business Bauman, Dow & Stambaugh PC
New Mexico Large Business Los Alamos National Security, LLC
New Mexico Large Business T-Mobile USA Inc.
New York Large Business Barclays
New York Small Business Bio-Optronics, Inc.
New York Public Sector Lewiston Police Department
North Carolina Large Business Duke Energy
North Carolina Small Business FMI Corp
North Carolina Public Sector Stokes County Schools
North Dakota Large Business Sanford Health
Ohio Public Sector Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Oklahoma Large Business Chickasaw Nation
Oklahoma Small Business Delaware Resource Group of Oklahoma, LLC
Oklahoma Public Sector University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oregon Public Sector Florence Police Department
Oregon Large Business Nike, Inc.
Oregon Public Sector Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue
Pennsylvania Small Business Greencastle Associates Consulting
Pennsylvania Public Sector Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Large Business TE Connectivity
Puerto Rico Large Business Costco Wholesale
Puerto Rico Large Business DXC Technology
Puerto Rico Public Sector National Park Service
Rhode Island Public Sector Cumberland Police Department
Rhode Island Large Business National Grid
Rhode Island Small Business Operation Stand Down Rhode Island
South Carolina Public Sector Charleston County Sheriff's Office
South Carolina Small Business OOBE Apparel Design Group
South Carolina Large Business Trane of Ingersoll Rand
South Dakota Small Business RENEW Energy, Inc.
Tennessee Large Business Backer-Springfield
Tennessee Public Sector Consolidated Utility District
Tennessee Small Business Cummings Signs, Inc.
Tennessee Public Sector Dunlap Police Department
Tennessee Small Business Saratoga Technologies, Inc.
Texas Small Business Delta Risk, LLC
Texas Large Business Shell Oil Company
Texas Public Sector Texas Department of Insurance
Utah Public Sector West Valley City
Virgin Islands Public Sector Department of Education
Virgin Islands Small Business Diageo USVI
Virgin Islands Small Business Pinnacle Services, LLC
Virgin Islands Public Sector Virgin Islands Department of Health
Virginia Small Business Eiden Systems Corporation
Virginia Public Sector Federal Air Marshal Service
Virginia Large Business Hilton Hotel Corp
Virginia Large Business Rolls-Royce North American Inc.
Washington Large Business Amazon
Washington Small Business Argentech Solutions
Washington Small Business Aseptco, Inc.
Washington Public Sector Central Washington University
Washington Large Business TEKsystems
Washington Public Sector WSDOT - AWV Mega-projects
West Virginia Public Sector Greenbrier County Sheriff’s Office
West Virginia Small Business Rubberlite, Inc.
West Virginia Public Sector South Charleston Police Department
West Virginia Large Business Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia
Wisconsin Large Business CUNA Mutual Group
Wisconsin Large Business Direct Supply
Wisconsin Small Business GlobalSource Information Technology
Wisconsin Public Sector Vilas County Sheriff's Department
Wyoming Public Sector Laramie County Community College
Source: Washington. Department of Defense 3.1.2018