Representatives from four local companies will gather for a press conference hosted by City of St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay on July 23, 2013, to receive the Flag of Freedom Award. The Award was established through the Show-Me Heroes initiative, introduced by Governor Nixon in January 2010, and was designed to recognize companies who endorsed the Show-Me Heroes program. Administered by the Missouri Division of Workforce Development within the Department of Economic Development, the Show-Me Heroes program has connected thousands of Missouri veterans to job opportunities available to them in the civilian marketplace once they complete their military duties.
The event will be held at 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall, 1200 Market St., Room 200. The following companies have been active participants of the Show-Me Heroes program and made a special effort to reintegrate our returning heroes into the civilian world:
• Boxes of St. Louis, Inc., an independent corrugated box plant which manufactures and distributes cardboard boxes for various uses;
• Jost Chemical, which produces high purity specialty chemicals for the pharmaceutical, nutritional food, and other specialty markets;
• Metro MFG, specializing in manufacturing granite counter tops;
• Securitas Security Services USA, which offers integrated security services for businesses, including guarding, mobile security, remote guarding and corporate risk management.
“The companies we are honoring are the latest to have fulfilled their pledges to our veterans,” said Mayor Francis G. Slay. “They know that their business operations will be boosted immeasurably by men and women with proven skills, aptitude for teamwork, and a deep sense of commitment.”
To date, well over 3,000 Missouri businesses have taken the Show-Me Heroes pledge to reach out to, train and hire returning veterans, including more than 500 in the St. Louis area.
St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment