(WEST FARGO, N.D. — September 2015) Bobcat Company has received two recognitions from a Department of Defense group for support of employees in the National Guard and Reserve.
Ryan Wendel, a manager at the Bobcat Gwinner plant, received the Patriot Award, which is presented to direct supervisors who support their employees in the National Guard or Reserve. Wendel was nominated for the award by Jacob Keller, of the South Dakota Army National Guard. The award reflects a wide range of measures including flexible scheduling, time off and compensation. Extended care may also be provided to families of the service member.
Bobcat Company itself was honored as a semifinalist for the Freedom Award — the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to companies for their support of employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Almost 3,000 employers were nominated, and Bobcat made it to the semifinalist list of the top 5 percent of nominees.
Bob Walton of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) attended a recent ceremony at the West Fargo Bobcat Company and Doosan headquarters to help celebrate the recognitions and honor those involved.
Both the Patriot and Freedom awards are made possible through ESGR, a United States Department of Defense organization. The group’s mission is to reward and promote a culture in which American employers support and value the military service of their employees. There are 54 state committees that actively promote awards as a key element in furthering employer support, while strengthening relationships between service members and employers.
The citation for the Patriot Award indicates that Bobcat Company and Wendel acknowledge the obligations of Keller while he performs the National Guard mission. Keller is with the A Battery, 146th Field Artillery in South Dakota.
Bobcat Company was nominated for the Freedom Award by employees James Tindall, with the 188th Engineer Company (Vertical) in Wahpeton; and Darin Zins, with A Company, 1st of the 112th Aviation Battalion in Bismarck.
Bobcat continues benefits and salary, and provides recognition of service, as well as support of the National Guard and Reserve while the service member is called to duty.
“We are proud and supportive of all our employees who are active in the armed forces,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Bobcat Company and Doosan in North America. “We are also pleased to receive these individual and organizational recognitions, because they acknowledge the culture of support we have set out and continue to develop.”