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Rosendin Veterans Volunteer to Upgrade WWII Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet

By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, November 10, 2020

San Jose, CA - As the nation prepares to celebrate those who served our country this Veterans Day, a team of California Veterans is working to ensure stories from World War II are never forgotten. Veterans and colleagues from Rosendins IT Department are working pro-bono to upgrade the USS Hornet, a World War II aircraft carrier that supported pilots in the Pacific and transported troops back home after the war ended, and now serves as a museum.

The San Jose-headquartered, employee-owned electrical contracting company is running cable, adding network switches, and installing WIFI around the ship to accommodate visitors. They are also working with the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum to upgrade its computer network, increase cybersecurity, support digital media exhibits, and expand wireless access points.

Everyone on our team, especially our Veterans, are so proud to work on this piece of American history and museum that honors those who served in the Pacific in World War II, said Matt Lamb, Chief Information Officer at Rosendin. We first heard about their needs last year, and the team was so excited we started collecting donated equipment and set up a PlanGrid project, which is like a digital blueprint, to map out the challenges of wiring the ship.

Rosendin has ten employees working on the project pro-bono, including three Veterans. The $20,000 project is being funded entirely through donations and volunteer efforts.

Throughout November, Rosendin will honor the men and women who serve our country by taking the time to acknowledge their sacrifices and thank them for their service. The campaign will be featured on Rosendins social media platforms.USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum is grateful to Rosendin for upgrading the ship and our exhibitions so we may enhance the educational experience for visitors, said Sam Lamonica, retired Rosendin CIO and Board of Trustees Chairman for the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum. Even though I am now retired, seeing my former team at Rosendin work on this project fills me with great pride because it is a promise to our Veterans that we will continue to share their stories so future generations will never forget the sacrifices made for our great nation.

Veterans from every branch of the military have joined Rosendins team after learning many skills translate to the construction industry. Recruiters and trainers work closely with Helmets to Hardhats, a national nonprofit program that helps service members utilize their skills to successfully transition into careers in the construction industry.

Additional Rosendin Projects:

• Veterans working at Rosendins Arizona office are helping to build the new Dept. of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic to serve veterans in the Phoenix Metro area. When completed in late 2021, the 5-story health center will be one of the largest VA outpatient clinics in the country.

• As part of early coronavirus crisis response efforts, Rosendin helped the Army Corps of Engineers convert buildings into temporary field hospitals. Electrical workers retrofitted power lines, installed LED lighting, fire alarms, and HVAC systems, and set up emergency backup power to ensure front line medical teams would have basic systems.

• Rosendins Renewable Energy Group, led by David Lincoln, holds an annual fundraiser in Anaheim that has raised more than $1 million to date for the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Company founder, Moses Rosendin, a WWI Navy Veteran, was a proud citizen who believed in supporting the United States wartime efforts. During WWII he shifted his business from serving agricultural customers to fulfilling contracts from shipyards around San Francisco Bay. Despite being told by government officials that he was underbidding for jobs, Moses refused to profit from his contracts because he believed he owed it to his country to do the work at cost.

For more than 100-years, Rosendin has created a welcoming work environment focused on building people and communities across America. They are guided by core values of We Care. We Share. We Listen. We Innovate. We Excel. To ensure every employee has an opportunity to reach their full potential, Rosendin has a zero tolerance policy for racism and is a proud sponsor of the Associated General Contractors Culture of CARE initiative. Company leaders work closely with NECA and the Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to make diversity and inclusion a priority.

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