Plastic materials supplier Uniform Color Co. is one of just 15 companies to be honored with this year's Freedom Award, for supporting employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserves. Award recipients were picked from 3,236 nominations submitted earlier this year by Guardsmen and Reservists, or family members acting on their behalf. Uniform Color Company was nominated by 9-year Navy veteran and 5-year reservist, Sr. Chief Petty Officer Jay Greenwell, who currently works for Washington Penn Plastic in its Kentucky facility as the quality manager. When Greenwell received his orders to deploy, UCC flew his sister-in-law in to help care for his children, and arranged a flight for Greenwell and his wife to go on a pre-deployment getaway. UCC also supported Greenwell's 30-person unit by organizing an employee fundraiser and purchasing every member of the unit a pair of Wiley-X sun/safety glasses, including prescription lenses for those who needed them. "UCC is a patriotic company that deeply cares for every one of their employees and stands behind their men and women in uniform. Thanks to Uniform Color Support at home, I was able to focus on the mission abroad," he said. "The reason I was able to go on the mission, was because they were taking care of my family. The reason I was able to succeed in my mission, was because they were helping take care of my Sailors. Their care and concern for my family, my fellow service members and me, was overwhelming. They are a role model to employers everywhere for what supporting our Guard and Reservists looks like." Uniform Color and Washington Penn are part of Washington, Pa.-based Audia Group. The parent company encourages its companies to actively pursue military personnel in need of work through local Reserve units and military hiring fairs. It also provides internships to students who are attending military academies. The Audia subsidiaries currently employ more than 25 veterans or reservists at their Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Kentucky locations. The 2012 honorees will be recognized on Sept. 20 at the annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Ceremony in Washington.
Pentagon singles out Uniform Color Co.
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