Message from Mike Petters
At Huntington Ingalls Industries, we’ve invested a lot of time and energy in talking about transformation: the need to change what we do and how we do it. While it has obvious connotations for our business, the transformation mind-set is also critical to our relationship with our communities. Here are just a few examples of the many ways HII worked to transform people’s lives in 2018:
- Our Newport News Shipbuilding division launched the “One Community Transformational Grant” program and awarded $300,000 to the Fort Monroe Foundation to help establish the National Center for Freedom.
- Our Ingalls Shipbuilding division partnered with three high schools in Mississippi and Alabama to construct talent development labs to bolster each of the school’s technical programs, especially in shipbuilding. Additional labs are already planned.
- Our Technical Solutions division solicited ideas from its 5,300 employees through its Community Engagement Program and awarded more than $320,000 in grants to 33 organizations across the United States and around the world.
- Our corporate office launched the “HII Cares” program, which allowed employees to volunteer up to eight hours on company time at the Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, VersAbility Resources, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and the Capital Area Foodbank in Washington, D.C.
While I am proud of these accomplishments, it’s our employees—now more than 40,000 strong and spread across 42 states and 13 countries—that have an even greater impact. Thousands of our employees go from their very demanding full-time jobs to volunteer commitments that are as diverse as they are and help make their communities great places to live.
Unfortunately, some of our employees will remember 2018 as a year of hardship. In September, Hurricane Florence dumped record amounts of rain on North Carolina and South Carolina, including more than 1,200 HII employees who call those states home. A few weeks later, Hurricane Michael made landfall just a few miles from a Technical Solutions facility in Florida. While we made two donations totaling $150,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund—and employees added $76,000 more—we were most proud of the way we rallied people and resources to protect and recover our facilities in Panama City Beach and support our colleagues who work there.
Our response following those storms—indeed, the way we achieved every accomplishment in 2018—is a testament to HII’s “Hard Stuff Done Right” trademark and, above all, our commitment to creating value for all of our stakeholders, including the communities where we do business. I hope this “Report to the Community” demonstrates the breadth and depth of HII’s charitable efforts in 2018. More importantly, I hope it is evidence of our commitment to transform not only our business, but the communities where our employees live and work.
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About Huntington Ingalls Industries
Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 41,000 people operating both domestically and internationally.