A Schedule that Supports
Lopez works the afternoon shift as it allows him to attend meetings – both in person in Lansing and via Zoom – during the morning. “I have a great wife, a supportive family and a great staff that makes serving as commander easier,” Lopez said.
At the start of a one-year term, Lopez has a number of things he wants to accomplish in his term.
“I’m trying to reach out to younger veterans. We’re a support and resource for the post-9/11 veterans,” Lopez said. “People may have heard about their parents or grandparents talking about war stories in smoky rooms but that’s not what we are anymore. We’re about service and commitment to patriotism.”
He’s been able to balance his VFW work with his Ford work. Hired in those 29 ½ years ago, after leaving Milan Plastics when it closed, he went to Auto Alliance and then to Sheldon Road. When Sheldon Road closed, he moved to Woodhaven Stamping in 2011. Five years later, he became an apprentice in the electrician program.
“I was late to my trade but I love what I do,” Lopez said. “Ford has given me my best life. I love working here.”