Midwest AgEnergy, parent company of Dakota Spirit AgEnergy an ethanol refinery at Spiritwood, N.D., was awarded the "HIREVets" gold medallion by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The HIRE Vets Program was established in 2017 by the Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act. The program recognizes employer efforts to recruit, employ and retain our nation's veterans.

Midwest AgEnergy employs seven military veterans in its 89 employee workforce located at Blue Flint, near Underwood, N.D., and Dakota Spirit AgEnergy.

The veteran employees include: Trevor Goldade, Mechanic Technician; Darren Job, Operator Technician; Nicholas Milbrath, Yard Operator Technician; Jake Ruff, Operator Technician; Fred Schauer, Health, Safety & Environmental Coordinator; Curtis Schestler, Yard Operator Technician, and Mike Zimmerman, Operator Technician.

“Veterans possess many of the key values that are part of our company culture at Midwest AgEnergy. We are very proud of our veteran employees and honored to receive this recognition,” said Jeff Zueger, CEO of Midwest AgEnergy.