A Marion business has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts in employing veterans.
The Department of Labor recently awarded the HIRE Vets Medallion to 15 job creators from North Carolina for recruiting, employing and retaining America’s veterans. The nationwide award recipients hired more than 52,000 veterans since 2017, according to a news release.
John’s Precision Auto Body on Rutherford Road in Marion is one of those 15 North Carolina employers that received the HIRE Vets Medallion.
“We always try to support veteran services,” said Cindy Mashburn, owner of the business. “We’re just proud to be recognized for it.”
Mashburn added her late husband John Mashburn, who owned the business before her, was a Vietnam War-era veteran.
In the past, John’s Precision Auto Body was recognized as a Patriotic Employer with the National Guard and Reserve. The business is also listed at the local N.C. Works Career Center as a veteran-friendly employer, according to Mashburn.
She said Phil Young, a veteran’s representative with the local Career Center office, helped her business get nominated for this award.
“It is determined on what percentage of your workforce are veterans and what percentage of your new hires are veterans,” she added.
Mashburn said at one time, John’s Precision Auto Body had four veterans employed there out of a total of 10 workers.
She now has two employees who are veterans out of a total of 10.
One of them is Chad Hensehen, who is an estimator and office manager. He served in the 82nd Airborne for three years from 1991 to 1994. He said he went into the service during Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf War but didn’t make it over there.
The other one is Michael Bailey, who is an auto body technician. He was a legal service specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps from 1996 to 1998.
The awards were presented at a ceremony hosted by Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Job creators from North Carolina were recognized for their commitment to veterans and their families, according to the news release.
“The recipients of the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards demonstrated a commitment to hiring veterans and helping them to develop meaningful, long-term careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia. “From small-town businesses to Fortune 500 companies, these employers understand that veterans are uniquely qualified and dedicated employees who make significant contributions in the workplace.”
The following North Carolina job creators were recognized for the Platinum Level Award: Sodexo Government East in Jacksonville (medium-sized employer).
The following job creators were recognized for the Gold Level Award: Veterans Guardian in Pinehurst (small-sized employer), United Drug Supply Inc. in Morrisville (small-sized employer), the Independence Fund in Charlotte (small-sized employer), SERVPRO of West Forsyth County in Winston-Salem (small-sized employer), SDV Command Source Inc. in Winston-Salem (small-sized employer), On Time Plumbing & Air Corp. in Wilmington (small-sized employer), John’s Precision Auto Body in Marion (small-sized employer), John Donoghue Automotive Inc. in Whiteville (small-sized employer), Elite Rescue Team LLC in Holly Springs (small-sized employer), The Steel Network Inc. in Durham (medium-sized employer), Orion ICS, LLC in Cary (medium-sized employer), Eastern Carolina Vocational Center Inc. in Greenville (medium-sized employer), Mako Medical Laboratories in Raleigh (medium-sized employer) and Duke Energy Business Services, LLC in Charlotte (large-sized employer).
In 2017, President Trump signed the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) of 2017. In 2018, the Department conducted a Program Demonstration and recognized 239 employers in anticipation of the official program’s launch in 2019.
Recipients of the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion Awards attested to meeting the rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; and/or compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. Applications for the 2020 HIRE Vets Medallion Program will open to employers on Jan. 31, 2020, according to the news release.
For more information about the HIRE Vets Medallion, or assistance with applying, please visit www.HireVets.gov.