CroppMetcalfe supports, recognizes, and honors veterans

Elizabeth Howe
November 27, 2018 - 1:02 pm

Photo courtesy of CroppMetcalfe

Our Employer of the Week series features one company each week that has made a commitment to hiring and supporting veterans. This week’s employer is CroppMetcalfe.

Since it was founded in 1979 by Mitchell Cropp, CroppMetcalfe has worked to achieve its mission of providing the ultimate in total comfort systems for homes and businesses. The company has grown into one of the largest heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, pest control, and home performance contractors in the Washington Metropolitan area. It's been recognized for its superior services with awards including the 2018 PHCC National and Virginia Contractor of the Year.

CroppMetcalfe is also an official Virginia Values Veterans certified company, and the CroppMetcalfe workforce includes veterans from every branch of the armed forces. The company places an emphasis on veterans through recruiting efforts, but they also offer a range of internships, fellowships, mentorships, and training programs. The wide range of programs available allows veterans to test their skills in the industry, earn certifications, and find a great place to start their civilian careers.

One of these programs is the CroppMetcalfe Academy which provides hands-on training in HVAC and plumbing. Classes are generally once a week and in the evening after work hours to accommodate current work schedules. Once candidates complete the academy, they're able to take the Journeyman's License exam and are eligible to be employed at that level in the industry. 

"It teaches them all the skills that they need. I'm a veteran myself and I wish to God I had something like this when I got out," said Dave Myrick, a CroppMetcalfe trainer. "The military is very regimented and structured. There's a procedure for everything, and when you come out into the civilian world it's not that way...We give veterans all the tools they need so that they're able to transition from working on military equipment to working on civilian equipment."

"It really means a lot to the owners of the business," said Eric Tessel, CroppMetcalfe brand manager. "Giving back where we can to the military — customer or co-worker — is something we're always trying to do." 

This year, in addition to supporting veterans through employment opportunities, CroppMetcalfe will also recognize and honor the sacrifices of all veterans as a Wreaths Across America sponsor.

"It's so powerful. Sometimes we all get caught up in our daily lives, especially around the holiday season, and it's good to remember that there's a bigger message, something bigger than you," Tessel said. "Being able to give back and participate and get involved in such a big movement makes everyone here feel good. It's definitely something that we want to be involved with."

To learn more about CroppMetcalfe's veteran support programs and resources visit the Supporting Veterans page.