FOND DU LAC, Wis. – The Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, presented Mercury Marine with two awards over the weekend. Mercury earned the ESGR Pro Patria award, which is the highest level award bestowed by a state ESGR committee and is given annually to a company that has demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees.
Mercury Marine also won the Above and Beyond Award, which according to the ESGR website is given to companies who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their Guard and Reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits. The award is given to employers who have had at least one of their supervisors/managers recognized with a Patriot Award. Tim Pickart, a maintenance supervisor at Mercury Marine, was presented with the Patriot Award in March.
“Our commitment to providing opportunities for veterans is something we take very seriously at Mercury,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “To be given two very prestigious awards is testament to hard work, commitment and dedication by our employees and their supervisors. We will continue to promote and encourage veterans to work at Mercury Marine and will give them every opportunity to have a long and successful career at Mercury.”
“It is an honor to work at a company that provides endless opportunities for veterans to succeed,” said Marcea Weiss, Mercury Marine global LSS deployment leader. “Our executive staff is committed to honoring veterans, hiring veterans and the awards are well deserved.”