Aftermarket suppliers continuing support of Wyakin Foundation at HDAW

Phillips Industries, Meritor, SAF-Holland, and Minimizer have all come together partnering with the Wyakin Foundation to create awareness throughout the trucking industry about veteran transition and education.

As part of their commitment, the four companies announced Thursday they will donate a percentage of their sales during Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW) to the Foundation.

The Wyakin Foundation is the nation’s most comprehensive program for connecting transitioning veterans to successful careers through education, professional development, and mentorship.

“We’ve been supporting Wyakin for three years, and I’m proud to say that Phillips has made a positive difference in multiple wounded veterans’ lives by championing their successful transition and giving them a chance to reengage into society – an opportunity that they may not have otherwise had,” says Rob Phillips, president and COO at Phillips Industries.

Carl Mesker, vice president, Aftermarket, Americas, for SAF-Holland, adds “SAF-Holland has decided to team up with Wyakin for two primary reasons. Their main focus is education; if there is anything that can truly change lives and change lives forever, it is education. SAF-Holland believes in making lives better and education is the most foolproof way to do it.

“Secondly, dedication by the Wyakin staff. The Wyakin staff is truly dedicated to the cause. Over 80 percent of every dollar goes directly to the veteran, and the results show it. The volunteer group, dedication of the staff, and conservative management makes Wyakin an easy choice to support. Helping veterans is their passion.”

“Wyakin’s proven process to support our returning veterans and help them prepare for success in their careers is unmatched,” says Brett Penzkofer, vice president, North America, Aftermarket for Meritor.  “We have numerous job openings across the heavy-duty industry and Wyakin can help us fill those opportunities with business ready veterans.”

“Minimizer supports many fine organizations from local charities to worldwide efforts. These efforts help a wide range of topics from supporting children, the less fortunate, animals, veterans, etc.,” says Minimizer’s Jim Richards. “One of the organizations Craig and Minimizer choose to support is Wyakin and we support it because they are doing the right things, for the right cause, the right way.”

“The commercial vehicle industry has lived up to its reputation as an industry that gives back,” says Brent Taylor, executive director of the Wyakin Foundation.  “The generosity of our industry partners is changing lives.”

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