Beloit, WI - April 30, 2015 - Stainless Tank & Equipment (STE) of Beloit has received three prestigious awards on behalf of their support of their National Guard and Reserve employees. The Patriot Award, the Above and Beyond Award, and the Pro Patria Award were given by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). STE was nominated for the three awards by an employee serving in the National Guard and Reserves. Employee Taylor Topel nominated STE's President Steve Mayse for the Patriot Award for the latter’s support of Topel in the National Guard or Reserve. The Above and Beyond Award, also nominated by Topel, was presented to STE at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 17. The award was presented by ESGR State Committees to recognize employers at the local level who have gone above and beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their National Guard and Reserve employees with additional, non-mandated benefits. There are only 1,562 awards given each year, and STE was one of nine recipients for the state of Wisconsin. The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by each ESGR State Committee to one small, one large, and one public sector employee in their state. To receive this award, STE demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserves. This is the highest level award to be given by a State ESGR Committee. There are only 115 Pro Patria Awards presented nationwide, and STE was one of three to receive it for the state of Wisconsin. “The award was a complete surprise for us,” said Heidi Lundeen, Human Resource Manager for STE, adding that she was honored by the three awards. Being bestowed with the Pro Patria Award has also nominated STE for the Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of employees serving the National Guard or Reserves. There are only 15 recipients of the Freedom Award nationwide. STE designs and produces certified stainless steel ASME tanks for food grade, sanitary and chemical over-the-road transportation. With the added capacity to service and offer aftermarket parts capable of meeting any repair requirement, STE’s quality is legendary within the industry.