2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kick-Off Event and Hiring Fair to be held August 29 at Augusta Armory Bookmark and Share

August 16, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2017

Media Contacts: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

The Campaign’s goal is for 100+ employers to hire 100+ veterans during 100 days.

AUGUSTA— The 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign kicks-off at 8:30 a.m. on August 29 at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, in a statewide effort to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during the 100-day period. Opening remarks from First Lady Ann LePage and Labor Commissioner John Butera will be followed by a hiring fair with more than 120 employers that are looking to recruit veterans, military family members and civilians. The event is open to the public.

“Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Ann and I fully support this successful initiative, and look forward to helping make this year’s effort reach more employers and get more veterans good paying careers in our state. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine’s workforce needs. Veterans’ skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses.”

The Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, to include a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, recruiting and hiring assistance, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members. Employers who want to join the 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign can contact Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, at 207-624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

At the end of the 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, 147 employers had participated and 197 veterans were hired with an average placement wage of $22.23 per hour. Follow the campaign on social media with #MHAV17 and on Facebook, @MaineHireAVet.

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Veterans, Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations. Veterans Representatives and Career Counselors are available at each location. Employers that pledge to join the campaign are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate.

Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Exhibitors

– AAA Northern New England

– Acadia National Park

– Adecco

– Aero Heating & Ventilating, Inc.

– Anderson Merchandisers

– AngleZ Behavioral Health Services

– athenahealth

– Backyard Farms

– Bath Iron Works

– Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc.

– Bonney Staffing

– Boston Brands of Maine

– Break of Day Mental Health Group

– Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.

– Care & Comfort

– Catholic Charities

– Central Maine Healthcare

– Cianbro

– City of Augusta

– Community Health & Counseling Services

– Community Partners Inc.

– Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

– Cunningham Security Systems

– Dead River Company

– DuraLife-Integrity Composites LLC

– EMHS

– ESM, Inc.

– Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.

– Fisher Engineering

– Freedom Xpress Inc.

– Futureguard Building Products, Inc.

– Geiger

– General Dynamics - Saco

– Goodwill Industries

– Gorham Sand & Gravel

– Hamilton Marine

– Hancock Lumber

– Hannaford

– HMS Host

– Hodgdon Green Elderly Care

– Hutchins Trucking Co.

– IDEXX

– Irving Forest Products

– J.S. McCarthy Printers

– Johnny's Selected Seeds

– Journey's End Marina

– Kelly Services, Inc.

– Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office

– Law Office of David Levesque, P.A.

– Ledgemere Transportation

– Life Share

– Lowe's Store - Brunswick

– Lucas Tree Experts

– Maine Bureau of Human Resources

– Maine Job Corps

– Maine Department of Administrative & Financial Services

– Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

– Maine Department of Corrections

– Maine Department of Environmental Protection

– Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child and Family

– Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

– Maine Department of Marine Resources

– Maine Department of Public Safety

– Maine Department of Transportation

– Maine Drilling and Blasting

– Maine Office of Information Technology

– Maine Office of Secretary of State

– Maine Revenue Services

– Maine State Police

– MaineGeneral Health/MaineHealth

– Manpower

– Mid-Coast Energy Systems

– Modern Woodmen of America

– Molnlycke

– Motivational Services

– NBM Railways

– Northeast Spray Insulation, Inc.

– Norway Savings Bank

– OceanView at Falmouth

– OnProcess Technology

– Opportunity Enterprises

– Pathways of Maine

– Paul G. White Interior Solutions

– Paychex

– PCG Health

– People Ready

– Poland Springs

– Port Resources

– Portland Police Department

– Pratt & Whitney

– Prudential

– Reed & Reed

– ReVision Energy

– Sam's Club - Scarborough

– Genesis Healthcare

– Seabreeze

– Seafax-OneSource

– Securitas

– Shaw's

– Social Security Office

– South Portland Police

– Spectrum

– Spurwink Services

– St. Mary's Health System

– Superior Carriers

– TD Bank

– Texas Instruments

– The Westin Portland Harborview

– Tire Warehouse

– T-Moblie

– Tradesmen International Marine North

– Transworld Systems, Inc.

– Tyler Technologies

– U.S. Cellular

– Uplift. Inc.

– UPS

– U.S. Border Patrol

– VA Maine Healthcare System

– Viking Inc.

– Woodlands Senior Living