Exide Honors its 187 Veterans Across the United States
Exide honored its 187 veterans across the United States this week with recognition and a token of appreciation. Veterans Day 2019 at the company started with a flag raising ceremony in Salina, Kansas,and other celebrations at Exide plants across the U.S.
As part of the recognition, Exide presented veteran employees with a special Challenge Coin.
“For veterans, a Challenge Coin is very meaningful,” explained Mike Judd, Chief Operations Officer and 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. “Challenge Coins are proof that you are a member of a unit or served on a specific tour of duty. We designed a special edition Exide Challenge Coin to honor and thank our veterans for their service.”
Across the company, veterans were recognized and celebrated by coworkers in special ways at plants in: Fort Smith, Ark.; Muncie, Ind.; Manchester, Iowa; Kansas City, Kan.; Salina, Kan.; Canon Hollow, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; Lampeter, Pa. and Reading, Pa.
Exide’s Salina plant invited its local American Legion Riders, a veterans organization, to participate in the Veterans Day program. The Legion Riders arrived before sunrise and conducted a ceremonial flag raising at the plant. Then, the Riders and employees recognized the 44 Salina veterans and enjoyed refreshments.
Many locations, such as Reading, Pa., and Columbus, Ga., veterans received recognition certificates along with the Challenge Coin.
At the company’s headquarters in Milton, Georgia, 11 veterans were honored at an all-employee gathering. Tim Vargo, Chief Executive Officer, and Judd presented each veteran with the Challenge Coin.
“To me, what made our program extra special was having our veterans share their stories,” said Vargo. “This was more than just saying ‘thank you.’ Hearing their stories about how each of them served our country was very moving and meaningful for everyone.”
Veterans are an important part of the Exide culture. With nearly 200 veteran employees, they play an important role in the business.
“Exide is committed to hiring veterans, and we are proud to have many veterans as part of our Exide family at all levels of the company from our plants to our senior management team,” said Vargo. “We will continue to invest in programs to recruit, hire and train veterans across all areas of our operations.”
In August, Exide was recognized for earning the Bronze Military Friendly® designation. “Military Friendly” is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort and success in creating sustainable and meaningful opportunities for the military community. The bronze distinction is for employers that have exceptional military/veteran programs.
Exide has a variety of national and local outreach activities specifically for the military community as well as a dedicated online job posting page exide.jobs, where prospective employees can apply for jobs under the “Veterans” tab. The company currently has 35+ veterans job openings in the U.S. and Canada.
On Veterans Day – and every day – we thank our veterans for their service.
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