Portales company selected as semifinalist for award

Freedom New Mexico

Dairiconcepts of Portales is among three New Mexico employers selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

The Freedom Award is the Department of Defense’s highest recognition given to employers for exceptional support of their employees serving in the Guard and Reserve, according to a press release.

The other two semifinalists are the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and the Santa Fe Police Department.

A national review board will narrow the group of 148 semifinalists to 30 finalists for the Freedom Award. Then a national selection board comprised of senior defense officials, business leaders and prior awardees will select the 15 recipients for the 2011 Freedom Award.

The DoD is expected to announce the finalists in May and the award recipients in early summer.