BYD Honors Veterans by Hiring Them
BYD is the only battery-electric vehicle manufacturer that has both a union workforce and a Community Benefits Agreement, which includes a commitment to facilitating the entry of veterans into the manufacturing workforce. The Community Benefits Agreement is a joint effort by BYD, SMART Local 105, and Jobs to Move America to recruit workers that face obstacles to obtaining manufacturing employment.
"BYD knows what veterans bring to the table," said Patrick Duan, Vice President, Operations and SkyRail. "They have leadership skills. They are mission-driven and they work well under pressure. They have the ability to adapt existing skills and learn new ones. We are proud to have veterans as part of our workforce."
To bring in veterans, BYD, Smart Local 105, and Jobs to Move America use Helmets to Hardhats, a national, nonprofit program designed to help military service members successfully transition back into civilian life by offering them the means to secure a quality career in the construction industry.
"Our coalition recognizes how difficult it is for many veterans to find good jobs after their service," said Hector Huezo, JMA's senior workforce equity coordinator. "That's why we were excited to team up with BYD and other partners to create a pipeline for veterans that benefits all of our communities. Together, we've been able to help veterans and other disadvantaged workers get good-paying, high-quality jobs that have allowed them to support their families."
Veterans can be found in every aspect of BYD's operations, from the factory floor performing such jobs as welding, warehousing, and assembly work to the offices, performing such work as sales, material planning and control, and human resources.
"It's nice to see hope in everyone's faces when they see how much opportunity this company has given to not just our workers but our community and vets," said Daniel Moran, an Army veteran who did a tour in Iraqi before joining BYD.
The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, BYD, which stands for Build Your Dreams, is the world's leading electric vehicle company with proven innovative technology for cars, buses, trucks, forklifts, and rail systems – like SkyRail. BYD is dedicated to creating a truly zero-emission ecosystem offering technology for solar electricity generation, energy storage to save that electricity, and battery electric vehicles powered by that clean energy. BYD has 220,000 employees across the globe, including nearly 1,000 in North America. For more information, please visit www.BYD.com.
Jim Skeen/media relations specialist