Veterans Day at American Fabricators – Kloeckner


Group photo.jpgIn honor of Veterans Day, Kloeckner is recognizing the more than 20 veterans who work at Kloeckner’s American Fabricators Inc. (AFI) branch in Nashville, Tennessee. Kloeckner would like to thank these veterans for both their years of service, as well as the excellence that they continue to bring to the Kloeckner team.

“On Veterans Day it is important to recognize the AFI team members that have served our country,” says general manager Todd Hammel. “We want to show our gratitude and respect to these individuals.”

Todd himself is a veteran who served in the Army during the First Gulf War as a M1A1 Tank Commander. His time in the military helped pay his way through college, as well as provided him with invaluable skills and life lessons.

“A valuable lesson I learned in the military is teamwork is the main component of a successful operation,” Todd says. “A group of people working toward the same goal will achieve that goal much quicker than one person working toward the same goal. Challenges are inevitable but never insurmountable when there is a group of people working together as a team.”

“During the all-employee meetings at AFI, we give recognition to the service and sacrifice of the employees who are veterans,” Todd says.

AFI is intentional in seeking out veterans for employment. They have reached out to nearby Fort Campbell in search of veterans transitioning out of the military.  In addition, they have requested staffing agencies to give veterans preference when hiring for an open position within AFI.

The Veterans currently employed within AFI are valuable team members and bring a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to the table.  They are focused, trainable, dependable, and have a work ethic that is second to none.

Todd explains that veterans have a can-do attitude which they bring to the workplace. When there are challenges they are able to maintain a positive attitude which transfers to the other employees.

“We are thankful for the veterans here at AFI and we are very appreciative of the knowledge and experience they contribute to our team,” Todd says.

Below is a list of the American Fabricators Inc. veterans and their military backgrounds. Kloeckner thanks these people for their service and continued great work:

Name Branch Job
Pete Bearce Navy Hull Technician
Jeff Blackston Army Aircraft Mechanic
Ricky Cheatham Army Transportation
Justo Fernandez

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Navy Submarine Machinists Mate/Diver
John Fox Army Communications
Jonathan Gregory

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Navy Surface Warfare Specialist
David Guenther Airforce Jet Engine Mechanic
Todd Hammel

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Army M1A1 Tank Commander
Rickey Hill Army Communications Specialist
Darrell Hunter Army & Marines Infantry
Shawn Moore Army Company Clerk
Charlene Neely-Cain

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Navy Human Resources
Kevin Polder Army Tank Turret Maintenance Technician
Keith Stevens Navy Yeoman
Paul Sutter

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Marines H-34 Helicopter Crewman (Vietnam veteran)
Shane Watson

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Navy Submarine Electronics Technician
Joshua White Army Air Defense Artillary
Thomas Whitlow Army Communications Specialist
Doug Willard

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Army Fire Support
David Wilson

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Navy Aviation Maintenance Administration
Bill Wilson Navy Quarter Master
Steven Nghe
Steven Nghe is currently the Head of Marketing & Communications at Kloeckner Metals. Nghe is a marketing professional with more than 14 years of experience in various environments and industries. His goal is to tell you about the sexy side of steel. Nghe holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from North Carolina State University. Prior to Kloeckner, Nghe worked for Delta Dental, Wells Real Estate Funds, Georgia Institute of Technology and Doosan.
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