Perdue enlists in Army PaYS program to assist veterans

Perdue enlists in Army PaYS program to assist veterans

Perdue Farms has signed an agreement with the US Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program. This program will provide Perdue Farms with a source of highly qualified applicants for potential employment following their military service. The partnership was formalized in Salisbury MD during a memorandum of understanding signing ceremony at Perdue headquarters.

From left: Command Sergeant Major Jeremy M Burton; Army recruits Matthew Booth and Matthew Kinnamon; Captain Alesia Hughes; Salisbury Mayor Jake Day; Dick Willey, president of Perdue AgriBusiness; Steve Evans, president of Perdue Foods; Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Moye; Lester Gray, senior vice-president of operations; Randy Day, Perdue Farms chief operating officer; Staff Sgt Thomas Pulcher; First Sgt Dana Rothstein; Maryland Rep Carl Anderton Jr

“We’re thrilled about our new partnership with the US Army PaYS program,” said Lester Gray, senior vice-president of operations. “We see the partnership as a great way to reach candidates with the leadership skills and high professional standards that we value. As a new partner, we take this commitment very seriously and are excited to provide viable job opportunities to the men and women who have served our country.”

The PaYS program was developed by the US Army Recruiting Command in 2000 to guarantee a soldier an interview with a PaYS partner employer once he or she re-enters the civilian workforce. PaYS soldiers are guaranteed a job interview with a PaYS partner of their choice after completing their training or first term of military service. Soldiers who participate in the program gain leadership, valuable technical skills and experience.

Baltimore Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Vanessa Moye says the PaYS program is just one more valuable benefit the Army provides soldiers in order to enhance their career and ultimately the strength of the nation.

“Our PaYS partners benefit from gaining professional employees who have developed exceptional work habits and have been held to the highest standards of conduct. Likewise, the Army benefits by gaining valuable industry partners who acknowledge the Army as a quality producer of skilled employees,” said Moye. “It’s a great incentive for our soldiers, and we are proud to have Perdue Farms join us in providing opportunities for a lifetime of success.”

“At Perdue, we’re excited about this partnership to recruit Army soldiers because it aligns with our company culture and values, and commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce,” said Tracy Morris, vice-president of human resources. “We have veterans working for us at all different levels of our organization. They share many of our core values, including integrity and commitment to teamwork. We wholeheartedly support the hiring of veterans and remain committed to do so for years to come.”

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