ITC RECOGNIZES HEROES WHO HAVE SERVED IN U.S. MILITARY
As part of ITC’s initiative to recognize and honor Veterans who have served, currently serve and parents of those who serve, we are proud to highlight the first round of ITC Heroes! Thank you for your service!
Ronald Coleman – Production Coordinator, Columbus, United States Army
Ronald Coleman served in the U.S. Army from 1987-1989. Ron went through basic training and airborne school at Ft. Benning, Georgia. His first duty Station was at Ft. Lewis, Washington where he was in C Co. 109th MI BN. His second duty station was in D Co. 533rd MI BN in Frankfurt Germany.
With his highest rank as an E4 Specialist, Ron’s main job in the Army was an Infantry Scout. His biggest accomplishment was going through airborne school.
Ron has worked for ITC for over one year as the Senior Production Coordinator in Columbus.
“ITC has a very positive work environment,” said Ron. “All the staff and employees are great to work with. One of the things I like most about ITC is the company recognizes employees who go above and beyond expectations with different types of incentives. ITC feels more like a family environment rather than a work environment. Senior management is very hands on and spends a lot of time on the floor with team members to help train and problem solve.”
Michael Hernandez – Production Control Specialist, Phoenix, United States Marines
Michael Hernandez, Production Control Specialist at the Phoenix plant, served as a U.S. Marine where he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Twenty-Nine Palms and Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. His main job in the Marines was Intel/Counter Intel. He did five combat ops and finished as a Sargent.
Michael has worked at ITC for one year and is grateful for the nice people he works with and the nice environment he works in.
James Walker – Tooling Engineer, Phoenix, United States Marines
James Walker, Tooling Engineer at the Phoenix plant, was stationed at MCB Camp Pendleton as a 0311 infantry rifleman in the U.S. Marines. He served on a combat deployment in Iraq and served a tour around Southeast Asia.
James has worked at ITC since October 2016. He works in the copper room resurfacing all the electrodes and making custom tooling per company requirements.
“I enjoy the work I do and believe I have the best job at the company,” said James. “ITC has thanked me for my service.”
Terri Wiggins – Shipping Manager, Phoenix, United States Navy
Terri Wiggins was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia at the Naval Air Station where she served one tour of duty. Her main job was Aviation Administration – Mine Sweeping Helicopters – AZ2- Petty Officer 2nd class – USN.
Terri has worked at ITC’s Phoenix Plant for four years and seven months as a Shipping Manager.
“ITC has helped me expand in many areas throughout the company. I love its diversity and sense of family,” said Terri.
George Williams – Inventory/Shipping Coordinator, Columbus, United States Navy
George Williams served in the U.S. Navy from 1986-1990 and was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
Serving one tour in the Mediterranean as an E-O (Equipment Operator), George was able to visit Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Greece and Turkey where he learned and experienced a lot.
This December, George will be starting his seventh year as the Inventory/Shipping Coordinator at ITC’s Columbus Plant.
“Working at ITC can be very challenging some days but we are still growing and learning every day,” said George. “My Navy background is probably what got me an interview and then I was hired in 2010.”
Tony Winkler – Maintenance Lead, Phoenix, United States Marines
During Tony Winkler’s six-year tour in the United States Marine Corps (1972 – 1978), he was stationed at several different bases in the United States and abroad. His most memorable time was Roosevelt Roads Naval Station in Puerto Rico, where he trained for the multi-national, inter-service operation “Springboard.”
Tony’s primary MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) was 6636, Aerospace Electrical Systems Technician/ Avionics where he worked primarily on the F4 Phantom. As a ‘Tweek’ attached to a VMFA (fixed wing, Marine, Fighter/ Attack) Squadron, Tony participated in numerous efforts throughout Southeast Asia. He attained the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged from his final Duty Station at MCAS El Toro in California.
Tony started working for ITC on February 23, 2005, as a Facilities Maintenance Technician and has been the Maintenance Department Lead Technician for most of those years.
“I quite literally owe the life I enjoy today to ITC as I came to Phoenix from California with absolutely nothing,” said Tony. “Everything I have today started with Johnnie’s handshake and Beth’s ‘welcome aboard.’ I am eternally grateful for both.”
Other ITC Veterans honored are:
- Ray Ray Limbrick – Marines (2001-2006)
- Chuck Forsha – Army 1973-1975 (1983-1989)
- Ron Petty – Army National Guard (1969-1975)
- Eric Smith – Navy (2007-2011)
- Joe Grafe – Army National Guard (2008-Present)
As a way to say thank you, each ITC employee that has served in the U.S. Military (both Phoenix and Columbus) was given a visa gift card so they could take their family out to eat during the Veteran’s Day weekend.
American pride is in ITC’s blood and the company that creates American jobs proudly salutes this country by advertising its products as ‘Made in America.’
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!