Gulf Power named top employer for hiring veterans

Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 07:03 AM.

Three leading military surveys have named Gulf Power Company and Southern Company, its parent, a top employer for active duty and military veterans.

Southern Company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 3 overall in the 2014 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for Veterans. In addition, the company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 13 overall in the Military Times EDGE Best for Vets: Employers 2014 survey and has been named to the Most Valuable Employers for Military winners by CivilianJobs.com.

About 15 percent of Gulf Power’s 1,400 employees are veterans. Currently, 10 percent of the Southern Company system's 26,000 employees are veterans or serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans account for 14 percent of the system's new hires this year.

G.I. Jobs has named Southern Company the nation's highest-ranked utility in its Top 100 Military Friendly Employers listing for seven consecutive years.

Southern Company also is a founding partner of the Troops to Energy Jobs program, a recruiting source that links veterans to job openings in the energy industry.

The company actively recruits members of the Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner and has pledged to support the Joining Forces initiative.

In addition, Southern Company annually participates in more than 30 military recruitment events and partners with military transition centers across the country.

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