Veterans honored at SimEx

SimEx Plant Manager David C. Robinson listens to Robert Villers, veteran constituent representative for U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., during a presentation Monday at the plant near the Wood-Pleasants County border. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

ST. MARYS — A company outside St. Marys honors all of its employees who were veterans of the United States Armed Services.

SimEx Vinyl Extrusions honored 32 veterans who work at the plant during a special ceremony Monday.

”We realize these people made sacrifices along the way to allow us to enjoy our lifestyle in the Mid-Ohio Valley,” Plant Manager David C. Robinson said.

The company provided a shadow box with a folded American flag and the emblem of the military branch they served in as well as the employee’s name engraved and an engraving thanking them for their service from the employees at SimEx.

Robert Villers, veteran constituent representative for U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., helped to hand out the shadow boxes. He is the president of the board for “We Have Your Six Organization,” which helps homeless veterans with food, employment, clothing, shelter and medical care as well as support initiatives that employ veterans.

SimEx Supervisor Gerald Maze, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, accepts a shadow box Monday from the company. (Photo by Brett Dunlap)

”We want to help our veterans with anything they need that they are having a problem with,” he said. ”It doesn’t matter if they are Democrat or Republican.

”The most important thing I do is stick up for the veterans.”

Villers said there are 29 homeless veterans in the Mid-Ohio Valley which was too many. The organization is working on a transitional facility to help veterans get off the streets, get them employed and receive other help.

He is a 16¢-year U.S. combat veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky.

The employees honored Monday show attributes of what SimEx is as a company, Robinson said.

”They are safety oriented, have proven leadership, are focused on achieving goals, are the ultimate team players, have a relentless work ethic and have uncompromising integrity,” he said. ”These folks display that every day and are some of our best employees. We are proud to have them here.”

The veterans honored were Michael Barnett – U.S. Army; Donald Beall – U.S. Navy; Randy Braham – U.S. Air Force; Christopher Brown – U.S. Army; Michael Burgy – U.S. Army; Bruce Clarida – U.S. Navy; Tiffany Congrove – U.S. Army National Guard; John Cook – U.S. Air Force; Dustin Dawson – U.S. Army; Charles Detamore – U.S. Air Force; Brian Dight – U.S. Army; Michael Dotson – U.S. Army; Brent Duvall – U.S. Navy; Joshua Emrick – U.S. Army; Harold Gallaher – U.S. Navy; Justin Haines – U.S. Army; Brendan Large – U.S. Army; Christopher Leftridge – U.S. Navy; Gerald Maze – U.S. Navy; Michael Metz – U.S. Army; Joshua Porter – U.S. Army; Dane Sinnett – U.S. Marines; Ellison Smith – U.S. Army; Stacey Smith – U.S. Army; Alvin Stevens – U.S. Marines; Wayne Stewart – U.S. Army; David Tuell – U.S. Navy Reserves; Clint VanHoose – U.S. Army; David Vankirk – U.S. Army; William Whitlatch – U.S. Army and U.S. Navy; Warren Wilson – U.S. Air Force and Brand Ward – U.S. Air Force.