Meritor, Inc., a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets, will support several local veterans organizations through its $5,000 contribution to the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Arsenal of Democracy Chapter's Thanksgiving Gala on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Sterling Heights, Mich. The Gala raises funds for organizations such as the Fallen & Wounded Soldiers Fund and the John Dingell VA Hospital.
"This event, like so many others, is a great example of Meritor's commitment to the community and we are glad to support the AUSA in its salute to our military heroes," said Tim Burns, vice president and general manager, Defense and Specialty, Industrial. "Meritor takes great pride in having the opportunity to deliver advanced technology solutions for military and government applications."
More than a half century ago, Meritor began supplying drivetrain components to military fleets. Today, it is one of the world's largest independent drivetrain producers for tactical-wheeled vehicles. Meritor provides systems for a complete range of lightweight and heavyweight vehicles, armored personnel and advanced-wheeled combat vehicles for all types of terrains.
Meritor supports our nation's military personnel through a variety of efforts:
- Tim Burns, Meritor's vice president and general manager, Defense and Specialty, Industrial, is on the board of directors of the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center.
- Meritor contributed $25,000 in 2011 to the Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center to support its Freedom Center. The Freedom Center is located at Gate A43 in the center of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport's McNamara Terminal and helps service men and women and their families. It offers a relaxing atmosphere, including travel assistance, refreshments and travel amenities.
- Recent grassroots employee efforts raised $12,888 for organizations supporting veterans through "jeans day" donations: $7,616 for the Freedom Center and $5,272 for USA Cares, which provides military families with financial and advocacy support.