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Hänel Storage Systems chief executive receives Patriotic Employer Award

Friday, June 23, 2017

Hänel Storage Systems, manufacturer of automated vertical storage units, announced that its chief executive, Brian Cohen, has been recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Patriotic Employer Award is a means of distinguishing employers who support their National Guard and Reserve employees.

Cohen earned the award based on Hänel’s efforts to support one of its employees, Chris Farnsworth of Clayton, NC, through measures such as flexible schedules, leaves of absence and time off prior to and after military deployment.

Farnsworth is one of Hänel’s Regional Service Technicians, maintaining the company’s equipment in the Southeastern United States, and nominated Cohen for the award. He has been with the organization since August 2014, and is also a Master Sergeant E-7 in the North Carolina Air National Guard. Farnsworth served in active duty from January 12, 2016 to July 29, 2016 as a member of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group, Rescue Operations Center at Camp Lemmonier in the nation of Djibouti in eastern Africa, and is normally stationed with the 263rd Combat Communications Squadron at Stanly County Airport in Albemarle, NC.

During his deployment, Farnsworth’s fellow service technicians and regional service managers absorbed his workload, and he felt Hänel went well beyond the Uniformed Service Employment and reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) requirements. “While I may receive the attention for deploying, it was my family members and coworkers who filled the void and deserve equal, if not more credit for their sacrifices,” Farnsworth said.

This was Farnsworth’s third deployment, following a 15-month tour of duty in Iraq in 2003-04 and a four-month tour in Kuwait in 2011.

“Hänel proudly supports all of our employees, and the company is profoundly honored to support Chris in this manner,” said Cohen. “He is a patriotic individual who leads a life that is a positive example for the rest of our staff.”

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