MonoSol Pays Tribute to Veterans at Employee Picnic, Raises Funds for Local Causes
MERRILLVILLE, Ind., July 17, 2018 – Nearly 1,000 people assembled last Wednesday at Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza for MonoSol’s employee appreciation picnic. MonoSol is a division of Japan’s Kuraray Group and one of the Region’s fastest growing companies.
Even as the company expands locally and around the world, its leadership emphasizes the importance of getting the entire company to celebrate its continued growth and give back to the community.
“MonoSol has a deep sense of commitment to our people and the role they play in our success,” said CEO P. Scott Bening. “Events like our summer picnic and community involvement activities are an important part of our culture and show that we’re all part of the same team.”
This year’s event recognized MonoSol’s more than 60 veterans and featured comments from Troy Walker, 10-year army veteran and founder of Dog Tag Furniture. Based in Norwood Young America, Minnesota, Dog Tag furniture creates wooden flag art for sale online to raise awareness of returned servicemen and women who take their own lives and to help cover the cost of soldiers’ funerals.
MonoSol’s relationship with Dog Tag Furniture began when Matt Kamaski, an employee at the company’s LaPorte plant, watched a television news story about the organization as he was getting ready for work. Kamaski contacted Walker and asked how he could get involved. That led to three trips to Minnesota to help paint flags. When Kamaski inquired with MonoSol about using the company logo on a custom flag, he received approval and an unexpected offer from MonoSol to become an official corporate sponsor.
“I want to thank MonoSol for instilling this can-do and selfless attitude in its employees,” said Walker. “The character of the company shines through in Matt’s actions by doing something selfless for a bigger cause.”
Veterans comprise nearly 12 percent of MonoSol’s workforce, compared to six percent of the overall U.S. population. MonoSol is a proud supporter of local first-responders and veteran organizations, with proceeds from a 50/50 raffle this year benefiting Dog Tag Furniture and the Valparaiso Police Department K-9 Unit. The company also supports the Webb House for homeless veterans in Gary as part of its robust commitment to community engagement.
This year’s picnic additionally featured live music from the company’s band, MonoSoul, games, prizes and giveaways and food trucks from local restaurants. Each of the company’s 550 employees and a guest received an invitation, along with local officials, vendors and business partners. A dozen staff from MonoSol’s facility in Hartlebery, UK, also attended.
In 2017 MonoSol was named a Best & Brightest Company to Work for in the Nation for the second consecutive year and Enterprise of the Year by IN Business magazine. The company continues to hire as it expands its operations in Indiana and around the world. People interested in joining MonoSol’s growing team can apply at www.monosol.com/careers.
MonoSol’s water-soluble delivery systems have revolutionized detergent and cleaning industries all over the world. Its growing portfolio of applications includes detergents, agro-chemical packaging, solid surface and composite release films, and embroidery, as well personal care products, food ingredients, water treatment chemicals, transfer printing and more. Through its collaborative mindset, global manufacturing footprint, high-quality products and scientific expertise, MonoSol partners with customers to create innovative product packaging solutions that enhance everyday life. Founded in 1953, MonoSol is a division of Kuraray, one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, and is based in Merrillville, Indiana. Visit www.monosol.com for more information.
Matthew Vander Laan
Corporate Communications and Public Affairs