EIGHTY-FOUR, PA.  – In honor of May’s Military Appreciation Month, 84 Lumber is currently running its seventh annual Operation Appreciation campaign, celebrating and recognizing our nation’s heroes. Through a series of giveaways, donations, partnerships, and the sharing of stories, the company reinforces its commitment to providing career opportunities to active and retired military.

This year, the company is casting a spotlight on Dylan Fessler, retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and co-manager at the Newnan, Georgia 84 Lumber store. Fessler is one of many military Veterans that 84 Lumber is proud to employ.

Nearly one year after joining 84 Lumber, Fessler knew he found a home. Fessler spent seven years with the 1st Infantry Division, Dagger Brigade, 1-18 Infantry Regiment the Vanguards, serving three tours of duty in Iran, Germany, and Afghanistan before retiring in 2014 due to medical purposes. He was highly decorated and received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and more. It was the brotherhood and accomplishments they shared in the military that Fessler missed most and ultimately found once again at 84 Lumber.

“The Army provided me with a brotherhood that I loved being a part of, serving with some of the most prestigious units in the U.S. military,” he said. “We are a gritty group at 84 Lumber but also a close, accomplished group. Our camaraderie comes from being out there, getting things done in rain, snow, or shine. It’s that missing piece I’ve been looking for a long time.”

Fessler holds the Army’s leadership values close to his heart, having attained Staff Sergeant status, achieving the top 10 percent in the Warrior Leadership Course “Commandant’s list,” completing the Advanced Leadership Course ALC, and more. These leadership qualities align with the core values at 84 Lumber and are a big part of what makes the company an excellent place for Veterans to work.

“Dylan is a perfect example of the type of associate we strive to recognize as we celebrate Operation Appreciation.” said 84 Lumber Vice President of Marketing Amy Smiley. “His energy, leadership, and ability to effectively communicate with customers is exactly what we look for at 84 Lumber.”

84 Lumber is the nation’s largest privately held building materials supplier. The company is honoring our country’s heroes all month long through a variety of giveaways, sponsorships, donations and more.

Click to view video featuring Fessler on Facebook.

To learn more about this month’s Operation Appreciation campaign, visit 84 Lumber

Founded in 1956 and headquartered in Eighty Four, Pennsylvania, 84 Lumber Company is the nation’s largest privately-held supplier of building materials, manufactured components, and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. The company operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood product centers in over 30 states. 84 Lumber also offers turnkey installation services for a variety of products, including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking, and drywall. A certified national women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Knox, 84 Lumber has held a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for several years in a row. For more information, visit 84lumber.com or join the company on your favorite social media platform.

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