From left to right: George Bandy Jr., Lizbeth Sanchez, and Eric Lewis (Courtesy photos)

Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at Mohawk Industries committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace. Mohawk Industries is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company.

The manufacturing field offers a surprising and appealing variety of job choices for a post-military career. Three veterans exemplify the diversity of opportunities in a global company like Mohawk Industries, the largest floor covering manufacturer in the world and number 315 on the Fortune 500.

George Bandy Jr. served in the Army Reserves as a flight operations specialist and was activated to Desert Storm in 1990. He now works as Mohawk's chief sustainability officer.

Lizbeth Sanchez has worked in the Army Reserves for the past 16 years as a dental tech. When she's not mobilized with her unit, she is a talent management specialist at Mohawk.

Eric Lewis enlisted in the Marines as an electrician after college, then went through the Enlisted Commissioning Program and became a logistics officer. After nine years active duty, he now works as an operations manager at one of Mohawk's warehouses.

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Editor’s Note: The following story highlights a job opportunity at Mohawk Industries. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Mohawk Industries is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Jeff Parkinson

There’s a rumor going around that America doesn’t have a manufacturing base anymore, but it’s simply not true. Lots of great products are made in the United States, from shoes to high end electronics to elevators and to incredibly useful things like Post-It notes. Many manufacturers are hiring veterans, including the seven great companies below.

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Finding employment as a student veteran or a transitioning service member can be difficult. Many companies don't know how to translate your service into a career within their company, and others don't accommodate students — but these Hirpurpose partners do both. These companies are actively seeking student veterans and transitioning service members.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich

Companies in all sectors rely on logisticians to oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median hourly wage for logistics specialists and supply-chain managers is a whopping $35.51 per hour. Employment in this field is expected to grow between now and 2024 as many practitioners retire and companies continue to need logisticians to move products and people more efficiently, while seeking out continuous process improvement.

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Texas is a place of large things: wide open spaces, big cities, and huge patriotism, making it a great place for veterans to “hang their hats.” Texas history was shaped by people with similar values who fought for freedom during one of the “biggest” battles for independence in American history: the Battle of the Alamo.

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