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MonoSol picnic

Pictured are Matt Kamaski, MonoSol employee, Troy Walker, 10-year army veteran and founder of Dog Tag Furniture and P. Scott Bening, President and CEO at MonoSol, a Kuraray Division.

Nearly 1,000 people assembled at Valparaiso’s Central Park Plaza for MonoSol’s employee appreciation picnic. MonoSol is a division of Japan’s Kuraray Group.

“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. MonoSol is a 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.

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