Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical (Hiller) was honored with the 2020 United States Department of Labor’s Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans (HIRE Vets) Medallion Award. This award marks Hiller’s third consecutive recognition since the program’s inception in 2018. Nationwide, only 57 other businesses have been honored with this designation for each of three years.
Launched as a result of the HIRE Vets Act of 2017 by President Donald Trump, the HIRE Vets Medallion award is the only federal-level award that recognizes businesses with an exceptional commitment to hiring and retaining veterans. Per the Hire Vets website, honorees demonstrate “both patriotism and recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace”. Hiller’s 2020 award marks their third consecutive Gold-level award in the large business size.
“When we are looking for new hires at Hiller, we search for candidates whose core values align with ours – professionalism, dedication, integrity, and a heart for serving others. Our veterans, who embody these values as a result of their military background, are exceptional assets to our team” remarked Jimmy Hiller, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical. “It is an incredible honor to receive awards like this”, he continued, “That honor our commitment to serving these brave and passionate individuals after they have so selflessly served our nation.”
This recognition is the third military-related honor Hiller has received in 2020, following the 2021 Military Friendly Bronze award and inclusion among the 2020 Military Times Best for Vets Employers list. These two awards, both announced in September, are among many accolades Hiller has received over the past 4 years as a result of its Transition to Trades program.
In July of 2016, Hiller and U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell, developed Transition to Trades, a program that allows separating military members to attend Total Tech trade school (a subsidiary of Hiller) to prepare for civilian trade careers while remaining active duty in the military. As part of this program, students are guaranteed job placement in the plumbing, HVAC, or electrical trades with Hiller or through PRAXIS S-10, a national success college with member businesses across the United States.
Since its inception, the organization has graduated over 687 military members and placed over 630 in full-time trade careers. Over 150 of those have found employment at one of Hiller’s 13 locations across the southeast. In 2019 alone, over 25% of all of Hiller’s new hires were veterans.
Launched in 1990 in Antioch, Tennessee, with a single employee and just $500, Hiller has grown to include over 480 trucks, 13 locations, and more than 580 employees across the southeast.