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Employee Spotlight: Ben Lawson – Kia Technician

We recently sat down with Kia Technician, Ben Lawson, to congratulate him on 9 years with the company and learn a little about him.  Here is a small peek into Ben.

VanDevere:  Hi Ben, thanks for sitting down with us. Congrats on 9 years with VanDevere. What is the best thing about your job?

Ben: I love fixing things and I enjoy the comradery with my coworkers.

VanDevere:  It definitely has a family vibe around here. What is the best thing about VanDevere?

Ben: The people, I have built some great friendships here.

VanDevere: We hear that a lot in our interviews. What 3 words would you use to describe VanDevere?

Ben: Commitment, Culture and Connect!

VanDevere: We see you follow the 7 C’s here! What do you like to do when no at work?

Ben: I enjoying playing with my kids and having family nights out.

VanDevere:  Good times.  What inspires you?

Ben: Definitely my family!

VanDevere: J Fill in the blank: I once met____________!

Ben: I once met Jerry VanDevere.  He is on TV, so he is famous!

VanDevere:  Ha! Yes he is.  If you could pick one superpower, what would it be?

Ben: Teleportation! Then I could skip all the traffic.

VanDevere: Yes, no traffic would be great!  What is your favorite travel spot?

Ben: That would be the family farm in Pennsylvania.

VanDevere: I bet you have lots of good memories of that place.   What is your favorite place to eat?

Ben: Quaker Steak and Lube.

VanDevere: Wings for the win!  OK last question. What is your dream Car?

Ben:  I already have one, the 1965 Corvair but I would love to have a 1965 GTO.

VanDevere:  Good choice.   Thank you again for taking the time to let us get to know you.   Congratulations on 9 years!

Oil Changes For A Cause: Akron Canton Regional Food Bank

During the time of April 16th – 30th, The VanDevere Bunch donated $25 to the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank for every oil change performed at one of our 3 service locations.

We are proud to present this check for $18,025 to this great organization that continues to support the members of our community by providing meals to those who are in need.

Thank you to all our customers that helped us in supporting the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank. In this difficult time, we are in this together.

Kia Provides Face Shields to Georgia Agency


In response to a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kia Motors has delivered an initial supply of 15,000 face shields produced at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

“Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia asked how they could help, and then stepped up to provide life-saving equipment for the heroes on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner, Pat Wilson. “We thank Kia once again for being such a strong partner in our Georgia-made family.”

Face shields are being assembled by paid volunteers from KMMG, which has implemented a series of safety measures to protect team members, including: conducting temperature scans, providing face masks and gloves, and staggering workstations.

Kia will be gradually increasing face shield production, ultimately reaching a capacity of 200,000 units per month, in support of donations the company has scheduled over the next several weeks to medical facilities in Southern California and New York. Face shield production is the latest extension of Kia’s Accelerate the Good program following the company’s pledge to donate a total of $1 million to non-profit partners that assist homeless youth nationwide, including Covenant House, StandUp for Kids and Family Promise. Kia’s donation will help provide much needed shelter and care to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Earlier, Kia donated N95 masks and gloves to medical facilities throughout Orange County, California, where the brand’s U.S. headquarters is located.

“Kia is a proud member of the Georgia community and the talented team members of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia are giving it everything to supply desperately needed protective equipment to those on the frontlines of this pandemic,” said Sean Yoon, president and CEO, Kia Motors North America. “Kia is grateful to both GEMA representatives and the healthcare workers on the frontlines of this crisis for their ongoing courage and bravery and hope that this donation helps them continue to give it everything.”

Kia will continue to look for ways to best utilize its resources and support its valued customers and communities during this time.