Cemen Tech Commits to Hiring Veterans

Cemen Tech, a manufacturer of mobile concrete mixing systems, partnered with Home Base Iowa and Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The company has committed to hiring veterans who are transitioning out of service to the country and back to civilian life over the next three years.

“Cemen Tech recognizes the significant contribution these veterans make to our country and we are honored to be part of Home Base Iowa and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve,” says Connor Deering, president and CEO of Cemen Tech. “Veterans exhibit strong leadership skills, integrity and loyalty. Their work ethic is an ideal fit with our company’s core values.”

In the coming years, Cemen Tech will be looking to hire veterans to fill roles in engineering, finance, supply, clerical and manufacturing at its headquarters in Indianola, Iowa. Cemen Tech manufactures mobile and stationary concrete mixing systems and silos. Cemen Tech supplies the concrete mixers that the U.S. military uses to rebuild the infrastructure around the world.

Home Base Iowa was formed through a partnership between members of Iowa’s military community, Iowa Workforce Development, Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Governor. The program provides veterans with resources to find employment, welcoming communities, and ongoing engagement with other military families.

ESGR is an agency of the Department of Defense. According to the ESGR, they serve as a proactive liaison between military leaders and employers to address issues and develop solutions to problems that arise because of employee participation in the National Guard and Reserves.

GAF Provides Programs and Training in Support of Military Members and Veterans

GAF announced that it has signed the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Statement of Support. The document recognizes the pivotal role played by the National Guard and Reserve in strengthening our nation and our communities. The signing sends a strong message of support to GAF employees (and non-employees) who have served our nation.

The ESGR Statement of Support complements other key initiatives GAF has undertaken to benefit military veterans, servicemen and servicewomen. They include:

  • The Roofs for Troops military rebate program, launched in 2012, provides active military members, veterans and retirees a $250 rebate on a Lifetime Roofing System installed on their roof by a GAF Factory-Certified Contractor. GAF is now approaching 20,000 homes successfully helped by this program.
  • Last year, GAF went live with its Hire-A-Hero military job board. The job board provides a platform for employers in the roofing industry to connect with transitioning troops and veterans as they seek to fill key positions within their companies. GAF contractors and distributor partners are posting jobs, viewing applicants and connecting with ex-military job seekers.
  • GAF is rolling out GAF Roofing Academy, a roofing installation training program to help veterans transition to a career in the roofing industry. Pilot classes have been successful as nearly 80 percent of class attendants were placed in roofing jobs. We are currently planning classes in various regions over the next year, including a class this month at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. The course includes access to a professional and comprehensive steep-slope roofing primer and a high-level commercial roofing introduction. Veterans win by learning a valuable trade with solid earnings potential. The knowledge that they acquire from this course could possibly lead to other careers including sales, estimating, installation supervision, maintenance and project management.
  • GAF regularly reaches out to veterans’ organizations to assist with fulfilling recruiting needs. For example, GAF has worked with employment agencies such as the Lucas Group, which have a focus on connecting those who have served in the U.S. military with jobs upon their return from service.

“The men and women who have served in America’s armed forces have demonstrated remarkable character, work ethic and dedication in their service,” says Bob Tafaro, president and CEO. “They represent a tremendous opportunity for GAF, for the roofing industry and for the broader private sector. We want to help veterans leverage the talents and leadership skills they have acquired through their service to transition into civilian careers.”