While attendees found the presentation informative and encouraging, Felling is no stranger to the benefits of having U.S. military personnel on its side. U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of Felling Trailers, Merle J. Felling is an adamant supporter of hiring service members and currently has over 40 veterans working company wide.
“As a family with personal ties to different military branches, respect for our service men and women has been instilled in us since a young age. And as a family business, we make an effort to do our part in supporting those that have sacrificed,” said Brenda Jennissen, Co-Owner of Felling Trailers, Inc. and proud daughter to Merle J. Felling.
A common struggle in the trailer industry is finding qualified, reliable employees, and by hiring service members, employers are able to bring in new team members that have already proven their ability to learn new skills. With more intensive vocational training available in local community colleges and on-the-job training, trailer manufacturing companies can be assured that efforts spent investing in service men and women is well spent. And with their history of sacrifice and dedication, military veterans have proven to be loyal which is ideal for those in an industry that struggles with a transitory workforce.
“At Felling, we work with our military and all team members to learn a position, and then encourage them to take the next steps to move up to the next level in their department, then a team lead position, and so on. This career climbing aligns closely with climbing military ranks. Our employees love this type of format where they can reintegrate into a civilian passion that will still allow them to advance and take on positions of leadership,” said Brenda Jennissen.
The July/August Tracks will have the entire article, 10 reasons to hire vetrans and wounded warriors and free resources to hiring veterans.