Lochinvar Corp. has been recognized by the Department of Defense as one of the best employers for National Guard and Reserve soldiers. Lochinvar Corp.
has been recognized by the Department of
Defense as one of the best employers for National Guard and Reserve soldiers.
It will be awarded the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
during a ceremony in September.
The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given
by the U.S. Government to employers for their outstanding support of employees
who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Lochinvar joins 14 other employers,
including the city of Austin, Texas, and Chrysler Motors, that were nominated
for the award by National Guard members and their families.
A national selection board,
comprised of senior Defense officials, reviews submissions and selects the
recipients for the award. Included among this year’s 2,199 nominations was a
letter from William M. Jacobs
, a manufacturing engineering
manager at Lochinvar and a Platoon Sergeant for R Troop 4/278 Air Calvary
Regiment Tennessee Army National Guard.
In his letter, Jacobs expresses
gratitude for Lochinvar's generosity and support that touched him, his Unit and
Task Force, as well as many others in the United States Military.
"Before, during and
after my 16-month deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, I've watched proudly as
Lochinvar, its ownership and employees have dedicated time, money and resources
without hesitation to help support the citizen soldiers and full-time service
members," stated Jacobs.
"Words cannot express how much it means for me to be part of this
organization, or the positive impact Lochinvar had and continues to have on the
soldiers and service members of Tennessee and the United States of
The 'only plot of grass in Kandahar' dontated by Lochinvar employees.
From a significant monetary donation to help start
up and support the unit Family Readiness Group, to multiple shipments of gifts,
food and supplies collected by employees, the Lochinvar team aimed to provide
positive and uplifting moments during an otherwise less than comforting
experience. When the unit sent a long
list of requested items, Lochinvar employees fulfilled each request, including
200 pounds of top soil, grass seed and fertilizer to build the “only plot of
grass in Kandahar,” which was enjoyed by soldiers, airmen and NATO forces
throughout the Task Force.
library was created with the shipments of books and DVDs, which were made
available to all of the soldiers. In an attempt to bring seasonal gifts to the
troops, a holiday shipment brought the soldiers cards, wrapped presents and a
decorated six-foot Christmas tree, and a summer shipment delivered inflatable
pools to help fight the heat.
Lochinvar shipped inflatable pools to
help troops fight the heat.
In addition to helping the troops, one Lochinvar
employee's daughter even organized a drive at her high school to gather small
stuffed animals for the children of Afghanistan. The stuffed animals were sent
to a field hospital and given to injured children in an effort to lift their
"All of us at Lochinvar
take great pride in our employees and their families who serve in the United
States Military, and we aim to support them in any way possible," stated
Bill Vallett Jr.
, president of Lochinvar Corp. "I'm so
impressed with the generosity of each of our employees who stepped up and
helped make a difference – the Freedom Award honors the
outstanding efforts of each and every one of them."
To show their
appreciation, Jacobs' unit flew an American flag on a combat mission while in
Kandahar. The flag was sent to Lochinvar with a photo and certificate, which
are prominently displayed in the employee entrance at the company's
After Jacobs' return, the
Lochinvar team continued their mission by adopting the unit of another
employee's Marine daughter in Fallujah, Iraq. The company continues to collect
goods and supplies that are shipped overseas to troops fighting the war on
In addition to the Freedom
Award, Lochinvar has also been presented with the Patriot Award, Concord Minute
Man trophy for Outstanding Support of the Unit, the Men and Women of Army
National Guard and the "Above and Beyond Award."