Rockford Toolcraft awarded Patriot Award from DoD’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves
From press release
Rockford Toolcraft, Inc., received the Patriot Award from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves, an advocacy organization. ESGR encourages employers to comply with existing employment laws that protect the rights of workers who serve in the Guard and Reserve, to keep their jobs open until they return from duty, often overseas.
The award was presented by Rick Pollack, Winnebago County Board member and volunteer head of the Illinois ESGR northwest region, to Tom Busse, Rockford Toolcraft vice president. The event took place at Rockford Mayor Morrissey’s Quarterly Manufacturing Coffee Talk, which was held at Kaney Aerospace, 801 Airport Drive.
Why nominated for Patriot Award
Rockford Toolcraft was nominated for the award by Ron Sims, Rockford Toolcraft human resources director and a Reservist who has been deployed to Afghanistan.
Sims said: “I nominated Rockford Toolcraft because of their continuous support of me and my time away from the company while serving the Army Reserves. Due to my job as a re-enlistment non-commissioned officer, my schedule fluctuates and causes me to miss some work days. The Busses have always allowed me this time off with no ill effect on my standing with the company, even when I was away for three weeks due to training.”
Value of military personnel
Rockford Mayor Morrissey and Janyce Fadden, Rockford Area Economic Development Council president, also spoke about the importance of ESGR’s job-retention emphasis.
“The Reservists and Guard members are highly trained and dedicated employees who perform a great service for our country, and we encourage all employers to keep these jobs open for them,” added Mayor Morrissey.
Fadden noted, “About half the active military are Guard and Reservists so their involvement is critical to our military’s success.”
Job retention crucial to reduce unemployment rate of veterans
Pollack hoped this recognition will motivate other companies to better understand the sacrifices and service rendered by the Guards and Reserves.
“My experience in ESGR has renewed my faith in the younger generation. I’ve met some great people who have been deployed,” he added.
Pollack said that the unemployment rate of veterans is 18 percent and that is why the emphasis on job preservation is so critical. Pollack is a U.S. Navy veteran.
Mayor’s manufacturing coffee discussion
Following the presentation, Mayor Morrissey and nearly 50 business and manufacturing leaders discussed how to improve the local business climate for more growth in global trade and improvement in educational outcomes.
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