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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784

Nov. 7, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

Seven Regional Businesses Earn Gold Awards as Exemplary Veterans Employers

GREEN BAY – Seven Northeastern Wisconsin employers, ranging in size from a few dozen employees to thousands, earned top honors from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) for leadership in hiring, training, supporting, and advancing veterans and their families.

Winners of the Vets Ready Initiative awards, along some of their veteran employees, gathered at the Brown County Job Center Friday to receive the honors on behalf of Gov. Tony Evers from DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Mary Kolar.

"Wisconsin's veterans bring critically important skills to the workforce and their contributions have helped our economy achieve record-breaking performance this year," Pechacek said. "By leveraging the experience and talents of veterans, Wisconsin's award-winning Vets Ready employers are building a more competitive workforce while creating stronger communities. DWD applauds these efforts."

The Vets Ready Initiative encourages employers to establish a support system within their workplace, hire and retain more veterans, and connect with veterans in the community and their families. Every year, DWD recognizes businesses that have gone above and beyond for the veteran workforce. Businesses are separated into three categories – small, medium, large – and either receive a gold or silver certification.

The Disabled American Veterans Department of Wisconsin also serves as a partner in the initiative.

“My congratulations to this year’s Vets Ready award recipients who have gone the extra mile for those who have served and call Wisconsin home,” WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar said. “It’s admirable to support those who have served, and at the end of the day, it’s good business. The knowledge, skills, and abilities that veterans have are unmatched, and employers are setting themselves up for success when they reach out to former service members.”

The official commendation from Gov. Tony Evers highlights the employers' commitment to practices that encourage the full participation of veterans in the workforce so that they can realize their employment potential and the state can benefit from their broad range of skills and experience.

The 2022 Northeastern Wisconsin Winners are:

To learn more about Vets Ready and how to apply, please go to Vets Ready Employer Initiative website.


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.