TUPELO, Miss. — The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) has named three workers at Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Tupelo plant as recipients of its Patriot Award.
Terry Weeden, tire assembly department manager; Brad Norris, tire assembly foreman; and Grady Vines, first stage crew leader, were nominated for the award.
Blake Rood, first stage tire builder and Army National Guard sergeant, nominated the plant leaders for the award as a measure of gratitude for supporting flexible schedules necessary to complete his role with the Army National Guard.
He presented the award to the plant leaders during a special ceremony alongside Charlotte Wade, first stage tire builder and Army National Guard staff sergeant who is also employed at the Tupelo plant, and ESGR representatives.