Company Selected for Michigan 'Pro Patria' Award; Nominated for National
'Employer Support Freedom Award'
TROY, Mich., May 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE:
ARM) has earned the highest level award in Michigan for providing exceptional
support to its employees who serve in the U.S. military and is in contention
for a similar national award from the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
The Michigan Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
(ESGR) will present ArvinMeritor with the Pro Patria award for providing
exceptional support to its Guard and Reserve employees on May 30 at the
regional awards dinner in Grand Blanc, Mich. The group selected ArvinMeritor
over 26 other Michigan nominees in the large business category. It also
nominated the company to represent Michigan in the national competition for
the prestigious Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
"We're pleased the committee has recognized ArvinMeritor's efforts to
support our employees who serve in the military. The real honors, however,
should go directly to those brave and loyal service members who put themselves
at risk day after day for our country," said Chip McClure, chairman, CEO and
president. "ArvinMeritor is proud of its long history of supporting our men
and women in uniform, but we don't view it as simply an obligation. We
believe it's not only the right thing to do, but it's a rewarding way to
sustain and encourage them while they're serving, and to welcome them back and
thank them for their service when they return."
McClure, a former naval officer, makes a point to stay in touch with the
company's service members to remind them that their fellow employees
appreciate the sacrifices they and their families are making.
ArvinMeritor's military leave program includes:
- Paying the difference between military pay and the employee's base
salary so that the employee's family can maintain their current
standard of living.
- Employees receiving pay differential continue to earn savings plan
- Employees on military leave can elect to maintain their company
benefits package while on leave.
- Vacation accruals continue while on military leave.
- Over the last five years, 74 employees have taken one period of
military leave - forty-one of those employees received pay
differential from the company.
"The Pro Patria award acknowledges ArvinMeritor's high level of support
for their employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve," said Capt. Paul J.
Ryan, chair of the Michigan ESGR Committee. "ArvinMeritor symbolizes the
devotion of many Michigan companies to members of the military."
At the award ceremony, McClure will accept the Pro Patria award on behalf
of ArvinMeritor along with Jim Babbitt, the employee who nominated the company
for the award. Babbitt recently served in the Army National Guard deployed to
Iraq, returning last November.
The final selection for the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom
Award will be announced in late June or early July 2009.
ArvinMeritor is a supplier of drivetrain components for U.S. military
fleets around the world. The company has more than 525 employees in the
United States dedicated to designing, testing and manufacturing drivetrain
components for the U.S. Army's Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) and Mine
Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAP). ArvinMeritor also is designing
and developing drivetrain technology for future military programs, including
the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV), Medium All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV)
and the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC).
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company marks its centennial anniversary in 2009, celebrating a long history
of 'forward thinking.' ArvinMeritor serves commercial truck, trailer and
specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light
vehicle manufacturers. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York
Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the
company's Web site at arvinmeritor.com.
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