KINGSPORT — Publicly traded Eastman Chemical Co. again served notice on Monday that freedom doesn’t have a market price.
Company and local officials dedicated and celebrated Eastman’s recent honor as a recipient of the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
The award, displayed inside the Toy F. Reid Employee Center at the company’s military wall of honor, is the U.S. Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to 15 employers for exceptional support of employees serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Eastman emerged at the top of a field of nearly 2,900 nominations submitted by Reserve Component Service members. The award recognizes a company going above and beyond its legal obligations to military employees.
Eastman, according to company recruiter Jerry Bush, exceeded expectations in pay, benefits, vacation, and recognizing workers serving in the Guard and Reserve.
“We kept improving our processes and military leave policies and how we treat our military veterans, and we didn’t give up,” Bush said of Eastman’s push to win the award.For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.