Hanson supports the military



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Hanson provides update for its support of the military

Hanson has a long history of supporting the men and women serving in the U.S. military, including the company’s participation in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This level of active support starts with the president and CEO Sergio “Satch” Pecori – whose son has served three tours in Iraq – and continues at all levels throughout the organization.

Hanson provides support for employees serving in the military

For employed service members, policies for pay, benefits and leave are generous and include differential pay both during annual training periods and mobilization; continued insurance coverage; and company contributions to the stock bonus program. The company also makes regular contact with the service member’s family, sends care packages and provides emotional support during deployment. Since 2001, Hanson even has extended this support to employees’ relatives through annual care package drives.

Corporate policies, training and recognition reflect the firm’s commitment

Hanson’s human resources department conducts USERRA training, participates in U.S. military job fairs, and hires numerous veterans for various office locations. Hanson recognizes the specific service of employees through its newsletter and news releases, as well as through local recognition opportunities. One recognition opportunity is the American Red Cross’ Heroes Breakfast, of which Hanson is the official business sponsor for the event’s military hero award.

Additionally, Hanson encourages and supports employee support of the military, providing both time and resources. Hanson provided pro-bono engineering assistance to an engineering unit serving in Iraq for bridge analysis and design. Hanson also sent representatives to the Adjutant General’s State-of-State visit to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Hanson supports military organizations, receives recognition for its efforts

Hanson’s staff continually serves on various military boards and organizations including the:

  • ESGR,
  • Society of American Military Engineers,
  • Military Advisory Council of Springfield,
  • Lt. Gov. Post BRAC Committee, and
  • Illinois Military Historical Society.

Hanson and its personnel have received the following recognitions:

  • 2011 U.S. Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipient
  • 2010 U.S. Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award finalist
  • Joan Freitag, F.SAME, senior vice president, named 2010 Patriotic Employer by U.S. Department of Defense and National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
  • 2009 ESGR Pro Patria award
  • 2008 ESGR Above and Beyond award

For more information on the ESGR, please visit www.esgr.mil.

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