Pierce County is one of 12 Washington employers honored by the state’s Employment Security Department for its efforts to employ military veterans in 2017.

Department commissioner Dale Peinecke announced the Hire-A-Vet award recipients in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Hire-A-Veteran Month proclamation and the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.

“Hiring a veteran isn’t just a good idea, it’s good business,” said Peinecke. “Today’s veterans are highly skilled and possess an amazing work ethic. I encourage other Washington businesses to follow the lead of these companies and consider veterans in their next hiring decisions.”

Pierce County has made a concerted effort to recruit and hire veterans in 2017. Since January, the local government has hired 26 veterans to a variety of high pay positions. Pierce County also takes part in the statewide YesVets program and has committed to hiring more veterans in 2018.

Award recipients were nominated by WorkSource veterans employment representatives who work directly with employers to help recruit, hire and retain veterans.

The other winners were McLaughlin Research Corporation in Keyport; Janicki Industries in Sedro Wooley; the Comcast Service Center in Lynnwood; G4S Secure Solitions in Seattle; ADD Security in Vancouver; McCain Foods in Othello; Shields Bag and Printing in Yakima; Boise Cascade in Stevens County; CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Company in Richland; Patronus Systems, Inc., which offers services in several Washington cities; and the Department of Licensing.