A local Procter & Gamble employee recently received company-wide recognition for his role as a coach and mentor at the Mehoopany plant.
Last week, Don Faux of Centermoreland flew out to Cincinnati, Ohio to accept the All-Star Coach and Mentor Award from the P&G Veterans & Reservists Affinity Network.
Faux, a technician, has been employed by P&G for 17 years. He served the U.S. Navy from 1995 to 1999 on the USS Enterprise and was called back to active duty following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Several of his coworkers nominated him for the award to recognize his efforts to train new hires and current employees who are advancing in the company about P&G equipment and safety.
“Without my coworkers I would not have been nominated or won, and I can’t thank them enough,” Faux said.
The affinity network was established to support military veterans and reservists “within the P&G family,” according to P&G spokesperson Jose de los Rios.
Each year, the network gives out five different awards. This year, more than 2,000 employees were nominated, and Faux was one of around 20 finalists.
“I was pretty shocked when I saw my name,” Faux said. “Just to be nominated was enough, but to win it was amazing.”
In Ohio, Faux also had an opportunity to visit the company headquarters and learn the history of various P&G products.
P&G brands itself as a company that welcomes employees who have served the country.
“They’re a large portion of our workforce that comes ready-skilled,” de los Rios said. “They come with leadership skills, technical skills. It’s important for P&G to recognize that skilled portion of our workforce that really dedicates their time to the country.”
The local chapter of the network holds an annual veterans recognition at the Mehoopany plant and organizes smaller on-site celebrations throughout the year, he added. Employees have also supported military members by sending care packages to those serving abroad, for instance.
Faux enjoys working for a company that supports veterans like himself.
“I’m happy that they do this kind of stuff for the veterans and make the veterans feel proud of what they did and how they served, and even come to work and be awarded for their service,” he said.