Local company up for national Defense award (3/11/10)

March 11, 2010

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The Department of Defense recently nominated a Williston company for an award honoring its commitment to National Guard employees.

Control Technologies Inc. is one of seven Vermont employers up for the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award — a national honor.

The award is the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to companies and organizations for support of National Guard and Reserve employees. Guard employees nominate companies they believe offer the best support during times of deployment. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency within the Department of Defense, awards the honor each year.

Terry Reynolds, vice president of business development and an ownership partner with Control Technologies, said he was surprised and honored by the nomination. He said the company has always supported guard members when duty calls.

“We’ve had a lot of employees in the Guard that have been deployed,” Reynolds said, adding he and his partners are veterans of various military branches.

Control Technologies, which started in Vermont in 1986, develops control systems for energy-related products, such as building power management and HVAC units. The multi-million dollar company employs 200 workers in six states, many of them engineers.

Reynolds said the company’s employees in the National Guard have vast experience in their fields and are welcomed back once they complete their missions. While the deployment of an employee can strain resources, the company believes in supporting its workforce.

“We’ll all fill in for each other,” Reynolds said. “Our employees completely support it.”

The 15 national award winners will be announced in the summer. Reynolds said if Control Technologies wins, company representatives would be treated to a black-tie gala in Washington D.C. with President Barack Obama. While Reynolds doesn’t expect to win, he’s proud Control Technologies earned recognition.