CHICAGO—Today Related Midwest announced that Veteran Roasters has been selected as the company’s in-office coffee provider, and will also feature the Chicago-based coffee roasters coffee on-site daily at construction projects. In celebration of this partnership, Related Midwest will host an event at the 900 Randolph job site on June 30 to provide free coffee for hundreds of tradespeople and highlight the U.S. Veterans who make Veteran Roasters so special.
Veteran Roasters, founded in 2017, is a veteran-owned and -staffed coffee brand that sources, roasts and distributes its own coffee beans, cold brew and other coffee products from its Chicago-area roastery and warehouse. Veteran Roasters trains its new employees through the production process, finding that many service members’ mechanical aptitude is welcome and needed on the production line. Many tradespeople are also veterans, finding their duty-tested skills well suited to construction and development work.
Both Veteran Roasters and its sister company, Rags of Honor, provide veterans with continuing education and housing support as needed, while paying employees a living wage. Rags of Honor is a veteran-staffed Chicago-based screen printing company dedicated, like Veteran Roasters, to the mission of providing employment and services to returning vets. Rags of Honor is the exclusive supplier of safety vests, T-shirts, jackets, vests and other construction and branded gear for both Related Midwest and LR Contracting.
“Veteran Roasters empowers veterans to transfer their valuable skills to the civilian workforce, providing critical support through a challenging transition,” said Related Midwest Executive Vice President Don Biernacki. “We recognize the service of veterans and are proud to contribute to the success of this proud veteran-owned and veteran-staffed business.”
“Veteran Roasters is proud to supply top-of-the-line products to Related Midwest and is happy to have Related’s partnership as we invest in our veterans’ long-term success,” said Mark Doyle founder of Veteran Roasters. “Fewer than two percent of Americans serve in the U.S. military, and when they come home very few people understand what they’ve been through. Collaborations like these help ensure that the transition for veterans is the healthy and economically stable experience they deserve.”
Related Midwest will pour Veteran Roasters Coffee daily at each of its Chicago-area job sites. To kick off this partnership, Veteran Roasters will be onsite at the 900 Randolph construction site (164 N. Peoria) on June 30 to provide free fresh coffee and promote the company’s mission—to provide high-paying jobs and supportive services to returning veterans.
“When I was a helicopter pilot in the Navy, I was focused only on what was in front of me. Life after deployment was too far away to contemplate,” said Branden Marty, CEO of Veteran Roasters. “With partners like Related Midwest, we can ensure that Veterans face fewer challenges and fewer unknowns upon their return.”
To learn more about Veteran Roasters, visit veteranroasters.com. To learn more about Rags of Honor, visit ragsofhonor.us.
Tricia Van Horn