In an event honoring Veterans Day, Channellock Inc. has announced its national partnership with Homes For Our Troops to support veterans injured post-9/11. CHANNELLOCK will be the exclusive partner in the tool sector, as Homes For Our Troops builds and donates custom homes nationwide that are designed to meet the needs of these families.
In addition to a financial contribution, Channellock plans to participate in various home build activities with Homes For Our Troops in 2018, such as groundbreaking and key ceremonies, and plans to bring this partnership to life in its retail product displays.
“We are honored to join Homes For Our Troops in helping our wounded veterans and their families to improve their quality of life with a home that better fits their special needs,” says Ryan DeArment, vice president sales & marketing of Channellock Inc. “As an American hand tool manufacturer that still makes tools in USA, and the employer of many veterans, patriotism is a big part of our corporate culture. This is a wonderful opportunity to invest in our communities and give back to those who sacrifice so much for our freedom.”
Navy PO3 Justin Hendrickson and his wife Jennie participated in the event as beneficiaries of Homes For Our Troops, as they await their home that is being built near Pittsburgh in Marion Township, Pa. Justin was wounded by an IED while serving in Iraq in 2005, resulting in the loss of his right leg. He requires a prosthesis and wheelchair for his daily life, and the new home will be wheelchair accessible. Read Justin and Jennie’s story, which includes Jennie’s own medical needs.
Tom Landwermeyer, president and CEO of Homes For Our Troops says, “We are excited to partner with the CHANNELLOCK brand, and the people who make these tools, known for their reliability for more than 130 years. Our ability to bring specially adapted custom homes to our injured veterans is possible through the generosity of corporations and individuals who share our passion and loyalty to military veterans and their families.”
The Veterans Day event at Channellock Inc. headquarters was attended by elected officials including Pennsylvania Senator Michele Brooks, Meadville Mayor H. Leroy Stearns, Deputy Mayor Sean Donahue, Meadville Council Member John Battaglia and Crawford County Commissioner Francis Weiderspahn, Jr.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution presented Ryan DeArment with a certificate to honor Channellock Inc. for their commitment to U.S. patriotism.