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Director of Communication
For Immediate Release
NPCA Signs Partnership Agreement with U.S. Army Reserve
Indianapolis, Ind. – On April 18, representatives from the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) traveled to Fort Belvoir, Va., for the signing of a partnership agreement between the association and the Army Reserve (AR).
The partnership encourages NPCA members to consider AR Soldiers and veterans when hiring, with the intent of leveraging the partnership to benefit soldiers while strengthening the precast concrete industry workforce and promoting member understanding of the value of citizen soldiers.
The AR’s Employer Partnership Office connects Soldiers, veterans, and their families with military-friendly employers like NPCA members. This allows Soldiers to utilize their military training and experience with employers that recognize their leadership and technical skills, allowing them to continuously sharpen their skills and continue their contributions to America’s workforce. Actively working to ensure returning Soldiers and veterans have the opportunity to find gainful employment, and that those at home are able to maintain careers while they serve, is critical to the AR’s success and value.
Attending the signing on behalf of NPCA were Chairman of the Board, Mimi Rainero Coles, President Ty Gable, and John Lendrum, president, Norwalk Concrete Industries and Army Reserve Ambassador to Ohio.
Prior to the signing of the agreement, Brigadier General Tammy Smith, Director, Human Capital Core Enterprise, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, thanked NPCA for its commitment to AR Soldiers and spoke to a personal connection with precast concrete and the role it played in the safety of soldiers during her service in Afghanistan.
NPCA Chairman Coles also spoke about the exciting possibilities of the public/private partnership. “Now, we can offer members access to a large pool of qualified candidates when it comes time to hire new employees,” Coles said. “In a precast plant, you need to be skilled, team oriented, focused on the task at hand, and have the ability to think on your feet. I can’t think of group of candidates that matches that set of requirements better than United States Army Reservists and veterans.”
The National Precast Concrete Association (www.precast.org) provides technical, educational and safety resources to nearly 900 member companies in all 50 states and seven Canadian provinces.
Today’s Army Reserve is a key complimentary operational force that sustains and enhances the Total Army capability through employer partnerships and an innovative force that provides strategic depth while meeting the economic and security needs of our nation. Its mission is to provide trained, equipped, and ready soldiers and cohesive units to meet global requirements across the full range of military operations.