Dead River Company Given Gold Medallion Award by U.S. Department of Labor for Hiring Veterans

Dead River Company receives Hire Vets national award for stellar record of hiring military veterans, members of Army and Air National Guard, and reservists

Award praised by Governor Mills

 SOUTH PORTLAND, ME Dead River Company is the first Maine-based company to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor with its Gold Medallion award, an honor from the department’s HIRE Vets program, part of the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act of 2017. The award was announced today by the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS).

“We’re honored to receive this award,” said Dead River Company President and CEO, Deanna Sherman. “Our company has a long history of recruiting military veterans because our motto of ‘delivering on a promise’ resonates with men and women who are mission-driven to serve others. They are independent thinkers who also work well as part of a team and who can push through sometimes adverse conditions—such as New England weather.”

Dead River Company’s selection for the Gold Medallion Award drew praise from Maine’s Governor, Janet Mills. “I could not be more pleased to congratulate Dead River Company on this achievement,” said Governor Janet Mills. “This well-deserved award is not only a testament to Dead River’s support of our veterans, but it is also proof that Maine companies are national leaders in hiring those who bravely served our nation.”

With nearly 12 percent of its workforce coming from the military, Dead River Company has developed a reputation as a company eager to help veterans transition to civilian life and willing to train qualified applicants who have no experience in the industry.

Back row – Rob Daniels, Mark Ramsay, John Hammond, Dalton Simmons, Tim Corbett, Guy Langevin, Peter J. Coggins

Front row – Left to right  Casey Cramton, John Andreozzi, Mike Aboud, Robert Eaton, Greg Gibson, Grant Delaware, Pete Black, Tom Waters

Names and Military Branches:

Dalton Simmons – US Marine CorpGreg Gibson – US ArmyMark Ramsey – US Marine Corp Sea BeeTom Waters – US Navy Sea Bee

John Andreozzi – US Air Force

Rob Daniels – US Army

John Hammond – US Navy

Robert Eaton – Maine Air National Guard

Mike Aboud – US Coast Guard

Peter J Coggins – US Coast Guard

Casey Cramton – US Army

“We work closely with organizations such as Boots2Roots in recruiting employees,” added Guy Langevin, Dead River Company Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “Ours is a complex industry with a need for people with technical, intellectual, business, and practical skills. We need people who are adaptable to changing environments and situations, and people with a military background bring those skills. We can train them in the particulars of the industry because they bring the ability to learn and be trained.”

“Dead River Company understands the value that military members bring to the civilian workplace and takes every opportunity to diversify its skilled and executive workforce by utilizing the talent found in those with military training,” said Jen Fullmer, Executive Director of Boots2Roots. “Dead River Company has fostered an impressive team culture that forward-thinking, service-oriented professionals want to be a part of, and Boots2Roots is proud to partner with this fantastic company. The Gold Medallion is well earned and deserved.”

Headquartered in South Portland, Maine, with locally-operated fuel offices throughout its service footprint in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and western Massachusetts, Dead River Company is a family-owned company over a century old, with a strong commitment to the states and communities it serves.

The Hire Vets Gold Medallion is the only veterans hiring award at the federal level that recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ, and retain veterans.

About Dead River Company:

Founded in 1909 by Charles Hutchins, Dead River Company originated in the forest products industry, along the banks of the Dead River, from which the company took its name. Today, Dead River Company is the largest retailer of home heating products in northern New England. Trusted for their reliable, on-time fuel deliveries and highly-skilled and quality home heating equipment maintenance, Dead River Company is a full-service energy provider offering its customers around-the-clock, no-heat response service, as well as energy-efficiency advice. For more information, visit


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