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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sandvik Coromant Donates Tools, Assistance to Veterans Organization

Workshops for Warriors will use Sandvik’s $40,000 grant to help train veterans for civilian employment.

Cutting tool manufacturer Sandvik Coromant has made a grant of cutting tools to Workshops for Warriors, a nonprofit organization providing job training and certification to veterans. The grant, worth $40,000, includes cutting tools manufactured in Sandvik’s New Jersey production facility and technical and application support from the company’s Cypress Productivity Center in California.

As we’ve noted, military veterans make up a considerable portion of the unemployed in the United States. Even though the skills gap exists and many military veterans possess proper technical, engineering and manufacturing training, the military provides its servicemen and servicewomen different certification than those recognized in civilian life. Many veterans with proper training thus have difficulty finding employers that accept military licenses.

Workshops for Warriors provides returning veterans with free assistance, mentoring and training to ease the transition to civilian life. The nonprofit offers hands-on training with skilled professionals and professional-grade equipment in workshops throughout the country. They also loan equipment to veterans who have gone through the program. Workshops for Warriors founder Hernan Luis y Prado was recently honored by the White House, which named him a “Champion of Change,” a title recognizing American citizens who provide extraordinary community service.

Luis y Prado recently toured Sandvik’s Cypress production center before a ceremony where he accepted Sandvik’s grant.

“We were amazed at their generosity and desire to be our partners to train, certify, and place veterans into manufacturing careers,” Luis y Prado said. “Their partnership was further cemented when several of their executives volunteered to help provide long-term resume and interviewing workshops for our graduates to help prepare them for their first job after the military.”

Sandvik USA President Jamie Price also delivered a few words.

“We are both humbled and honored to be able to contribute to such an essential organization,” he said. “We’re proud that our tools will be put to valuable use in the training and education of veterans.”

Workshops for Warriors also accepts individual donations and is always looking for volunteers. If you’d like to help, visit the organization’s website.

Brian Lane

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