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06/21/2021

ABC Supply increases commitment to service veterans

The building products distributor has joined the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success Program.
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ABC Supply is extending its commitment to U.S. military veterans.

Citing statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, there were over 581,000 unemployed veterans in 2020.

The Beloit, Wis.-based roofing and building products distributor, with 800 locations nationwide, has been a long-time supporter of military and providing veterans with career opportunities.

ABC Supply announced that its military commitment took another step forward on June 14 when the company became the 1,000th partner of the U.S. Army’s Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program. The program is a strategic partnership between the U.S. Army and a cross-section of corporations, companies, and public sector agencies.

The goal of PaYS is to reconnect America with its Army and give youth an opportunity to serve their country while they prepare for their future. PaYS partners guarantee soldiers five job interviews and possible employment after the Army. 

The partnership between the U.S. Army and ABC Supply supports the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. To date, there are 5.9 million jobs available to soldiers through PaYS.

ABC Supply’s PaYS partnership was announced during a celebratory ceremony at ABC Supply’s National Support Center in Beloit.

“I am proud to welcome ABC Supply as the 1,000th member of the Army PaYS family,” shared Lt. Col. Collin Keenan. “I am very excited about the possibilities that lie ahead of us as we commit to this partnership.”

ABC Supply President and CEO Keith Rozolis shared more about ABC Supply’s military commitment and the significant contributions veterans have made throughout the company. He explained how PaYS will help ABC Supply more easily connect with talented individuals as they get ready to reenter civilian life.

“We are both honored and humbled that ABC is the 1,000th company to partner with the U.S. Army’s PaYS Program,” shared Rozolis. “ABC is committed to helping our military professionals as they transition to civilian life, and our associates across the country are looking forward to making this program a success for all involved.”

ABC Supply Chairman Diane Hendricks talked about ABC Supply’s American Pride Core Value and the support and respect the company has for the U.S. military and veterans. She also shared that ABC Supply was built on a dream and that she hopes this partnership helps many veterans continue to live their dreams after their service has ended.

“We love our armed forces, and this is the beginning of an incredible opportunity,” shared Hendricks. “This relationship is the epitome of another dream come true for this company. We’re so excited to welcome more Army veterans into the ABC family.”  

Since 2017, more than 1,500 veterans have joined ABC Supply and 19 active military members work at the company. ABC Supply also partners with Military.com, RecruitMilitary and Homes For Our Troops.