Habitata Building Products, LLC, a City-based manufacturing company, has earned the Flag of Freedom Award for its hiring practices and participation in the Show-Me Heroes initiative. The Show-Me Heroes initiative was established over two years ago to reach out to Missouri's veterans and help them reconnect with meaningful careers. Of Habitata's 12-person staff, four are veterans.
The event took place at Habitata Building Products, LLC, on March 2, 2012 and featured a proclamation presented by Mayor Slay and comments by Show-Me Heroes Director Lt. Colonel Alan Rohlfing. SLATE's Executive Director Michael Holmes hosted the event.
"Our veterans understand they are not just working as individuals, but as part of a team that contributes to a larger system," said Jane Quartel, President of Halcyon Shades, a Habitata subsidiary. "They will sacrifice their own ego in order to benefit the team. This is highly desirable to us and makes us super productive, much more productive than any other team I have experienced."
The St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) has actively supported Show-Me Heroes since its inception by providing On-the-Job training (OJT) opportunities for area veterans, whether reserve personnel or those returning from active duty. Through OJT, SLATE can reimburse businesses up to 50% of wages for new hires for as long as 26 weeks; this additional training will help equip veterans with the up-to-date skills and certification they need to successfully transition into the civilian workforce. Businesses interested in hiring veterans and accessing OJT funds should contact SLATE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are always working to find more businesses willing to hire veterans," states Michael K. Holmes, SLATE's Executive Director. "Every day, military service men and women are presented with hundreds of job opportunities at SLATE's Missouri Career Centers. Extending a helping hand to veterans is good for everybody – businesses, our city, and our state."
"Creating job opportunities for veterans is extremely important - we saw them succeeding at the toughest jobs of all and now we need their commitment and dedication to move our region's economy to the next level," says Mayor Francis G. Slay.
Further information for businesses interested in taking the Show-Me Heroes pledge can be found at www.showmeheroes.mo.gov.
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