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Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures Honored with Department of Defense Patriot Award
This story was written by guest author Matt Jenkins.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has honored Mark Diamond, Steve Rodgers, and Don Fillingham of Schaefer's Electrical Enclosures with the ESGR Patriot Award, in recognition of Schaefer's extraordinary support of employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.

  From left: Mark Diamond, President; Pvt Brendon Whitlock, Steve Rodgers SME; Don Fillingham, Line Lead; Paul Bruass, CEO.

They were nominated by Private Brendon Whitlock, of Cape Girardeau, who serves in the Forward Support Company, 1140th Engineer Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard.  Brendon stated in the nomination that Schaefer's has gone above and beyond to accommodate him in his military obligations.  "When I talked about joining the Guard, they were positive and encouraged me to consider my family's needs first. Upon my return from basic training, they welcomed me back and offered as much time off as I needed to readjust. They have no problems with letting me off for military training. I can't thank them enough for their understanding."

Schaefer’s Electrical Enclosures is a manufacturer of carbon steel, stainless steel, galvanized and aluminum electrical enclosures. These enclosures are used in the industries of energy, power distribution, waste water treatment, and various OEM equipment manufacturers. They manufacture standard, modified and custom enclosures specific to the required application.

Paul Brauss, Chief Executive Officer commented, "We are very proud to be recognized for the support of our troops and will continue to provide support to individuals as they return from their assignments for our country. We continue to be a resource for hiring veterans as we value the training they have received, and find the code that they have been trained by and live by fit the values of our company. 

The ESGR Patriot Award was created by the US Department of Defense to publicly recognize individuals and businesses who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation’s call to serve. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units. Employers are nominated by their military employees.