A Hero Finds a Quality Career

December 23, 2020

Nicole Reyna’s professional journey—from college student to Army sergeant to senior quality assurance technologist at Smithfield Foods—wasn’t one she had planned. But thanks to The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program, it’s one that has brought her where she wants…


From Army Mechanic to Food Manufacturer

June 26, 2020

Brittanee Sayer is the sixth of seven siblings who have served in branches of the military. Given her family’s example, she always knew she would serve her country. But what would come after that? The answer: manufacturing, thanks to training…


A Hero Gets a Shot at Manufacturing

March 17, 2021

Zachary Willis has transitioned out of the military twice—and the second time, The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program made all the difference. A passion for service: Willis had wanted to join the Marine Corps his entire life and felt…


Why a Navy Machinist Chose a Manufacturing Career

March 30, 2021

Derek Read always knew he wanted to join the Navy, and he enlisted after high school—rising to become a machinist’s mate responsible for maintaining, repairing and running the ship’s engine as well as corresponding machines and equipment. However, when it…


Upskilling and Recruiting Veterans for Manufacturing Careers

August 20, 2020

What can manufacturers do to attract and retain talented veterans? Samsung, the founding sponsor of The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America initiative, hosted a webinar to answer that question—with industry leaders, government officials and veterans themselves all weighing in.   The background: More than 200,000 men and women transition out of the…

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An Army Vet Finds Military Values in Manufacturing

June 16, 2021

Hugo Hinojosa loved being in the military. He served 22 years in the U.S. Army, with time in eight different duty stations. His service gave him the opportunity to get a degree, travel the world, see different places and forge…