Governor Attends Maine Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Awards Presentation

February 29, 2012

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA - Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage both attended the “Breakfast with the Boss” awards event at the Senator Inn on Wednesday morning. The event was put on by the Maine Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, and recognized businesses who work to support deployed troops and their families.

The Maine Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (MESGR) organization works with employers across the state to support our Guard and Reserve service members. The goal is to help businesses strike a balance between success and maintaining relationships with our deployed troops, and our military families.

“Whether we are helping to support military families back at home, or helping our troops connect with good jobs when they return, it is crucial that we work to make the return back to civilian life as seamless as possible,” said Governor LePage. “The businesses recognized today have done a tremendous job supporting our troops, and my sincerest thank you and congratulations goes out to them,” added the Governor.

“In my role as First Lady, military personnel and their families has been my top priority,” said the Mrs. LePage. “I am proud that Maine’s business community has done such an outstanding job supporting our troops and their families.”

Twenty six businesses received “Statement of Support” certificates this morning. This “Statement of Support” is a certificate that businesses can display in their workplace to let their employees and customers know they are playing an active role in our Nation’s defense by supporting employees who belong to the Guard and Reserve. The University of Maine at Augusta was honored by MESGR as the “Patriotic Employer” of the year. The University was nominated for this award by an employee who is a member of the Coast Guard Reserve.

"We are very blessed in Maine with employers who continue to support the men and women who wear the military uniform,” said Gregory Small, Executive Director of the Maine Committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. “We recognize the challenges our employers face that allow our citizens to serve in the National Guard and Reserve. These employers recognized today play an integral role in our National Defense, which is so critical given the incredible demands placed on our military the last few years,” said Small.

Award Recipients
Capital Area Technical Center – Augusta
Kennebec Savings Bank – Augusta
U.S. Small Business Administration – Augusta
City of Augusta
Clean up Group, Inc. – Augusta
Beacon Hospice – Augusta
Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc. – Augusta
PetSmart – Augusta
Goold Health Systems – Augusta
Maine State Chamber of Commerce – Augusta
Emery Electric – Augusta
Lajoie Bros., Inc. – Augusta
NRF Distributors, Inc. – Augusta
Maine Veterans’ Home
Hannaford – Augusta
Town of Belgrade
Kennebec Valley Community College – Fairfield
Isamax Snacks, Inc. – Gardiner
Martin & Ware, Inc. – Hallowell
Easy Street Lounge – Hallowell
City of Hallowell
Valley Distributors, Inc. – Oakland
Oxford County Sheriff’s Office – South Paris
Town of Winthrop
U.S. Department of Labor – Lewiston

Patriot Award
University of Maine at Augusta