Congrats! Maysville’s Burford Corp. named 2016 Freedom Award finalist

D.C. — Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve(ESGR), a Department of Defense office, has selected the Burford Corporation, in Maysville, Oklahoma, as a finalist for the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the “Freedom Award”).

Since 1961, Burford Corporation has been designing and creating some of the highest quality commercial bakery equipment around the globe, including commercial bag closures, water splitters, pan shakers, plus bakery toppers, seeders and sprayers.

PHOTO: (L-R) Gary Foster, State Chairman for ESGR Oklahoma, Megan Metzler, Burford. Corp. HR Manager, and Paul Mock, ESGR National Chair. Photo provided.

The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members. On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR organizes the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 220 employers since 1996. Each year, up to 15 awards are presented to employers in the three categories – large (500 or more employees), small (fewer than 500 employees), and public sector.

This year’s finalist group is comprised of 11 large employers, 10 small employers, and 9 public sector employers.

“The 2016 Freedom Award finalists reflect the diversity in size and location of employers that provide outstanding support for Guard and Reserve members,” said ESGR Executive Director Alex Baird. “These 30 finalists span the diversity of America’s workforce and prove every employer, whether large, small, public, or private, can go above and beyond for our Citizen Warriors.”

Almost half of the U.S. military is made up of National Guard and Reserve members, many of whom also hold jobs with civilian employers. The Freedom Award recognizes those employers that provide the most outstanding support for these Citizen Warriors. This year’s recipients will be honored at the Pentagon in an official ceremony in August.

ESGR received 2,424 nominations for employers in all 50 states, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. This year’s Freedom Award recipients will be announced in late June. A complete list of the 30 finalists can be found at

Photo courtesy of Burford Corp.

Source: Burford Corp. and ESGR Press Release

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