Has your business been affected by the deployment of military reservists?

District Voices

Published May 1, 2003  | May 2003 issue

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We have been impacted to some extent. Out of 1,600 employees, two have been deployed. Roughly 10 percent of our staff are in the reserves. If they were all called for duty, it would hurt, but it would not be a major impact.
Keith Smith, Human Resources Representative
Stillwater Mining Co.—Nye, Mont.

During the current school year, seven military leaves have come through human resources. Other military leaves, 15 days or less, would go through the payroll department. Currently, there are four long-term active military leaves, for a one-year duration. Since we do have 7,000 full-time employees, we are not impacted significantly.
Carol Ekstrand, Compensation and Information Services
St. Paul Public Schools—St. Paul, Minn.

Not significantly, no. Out of 65 employees, we have two who are active. Neither have been called and we have not heard of any changes on the horizon.
Carl Kubas, Comptroller
Bloomer Plastics—Bloomer, Wis.

We have 356 employees and we're about to lose one. This area is big on the support of troops, but because of the age of our workforce, and since we have a higher percentage of females, we have not been impacted. Some of our employees have served in the Gulf War and decided to get out [of the service] so they wouldn't be called again.
Scott Tuma, Director of Human Resources
Bell Memorial Hospital—Ishpeming, Mich.

Our hardest hit area is the police department. Eleven or 12 have been deployed out of 200—that's fairly significant. We've stepped up our pace of adding positions. At the beginning of the year we hired 18 policemen. Some went into active [military] duty in the fire department, but they've returned.
Jean Fullencamp, Human Resources Manager
City of Sioux Falls—Sioux Falls, S.D.

It has had very little impact on our Bismarck plant. We have lost two employees out of 600.
Becky Sorby, Human Resources Manager
Bobcat Co.—Bismarck, N.D.