Perry White, seated, is joined by family and friends as he surveys the work being done on his home by L3 Kigre and the American Legion Post 42 of Hilton Head Island. COURTESY BCEDC

L3 Kigre, a laser manufacturer located on Hilton Head Island, participated in L3 Technologies’ Give-Back Day on May 1.

Since L3 Kigre’s products support U.S. military efforts, the Kigre team used this opportunity to show their support to the community by partnering with the American Legion Post 42 of Hilton Head Island.

At least 40 employees arrived at Perry White’s home and spent the day taking on many tasks he has been unable to do in recent months, including yard work and general house maintenance. White is a native islander and a Vietnam War veteran who recently suffered a stroke.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime Veterans organization. Its mission is devoted to mutual helpfulness; helping veterans and their families during times of need, committed to mentoring youth, sponsoring wholesome programs in our communities and advocating patriotism and honor.

“I am grateful to work for a wonderful company that shares a culture of giving and serving the communities where we do business,” said Linda Peterson who organized the community giveback event. Kigre, now a division of L3 Technologies, was privately held until December 2017.

“L3 Kigre is joining our company teammates around the world in giving back to our local communities on May 1, which is the day that L3 was founded,” said Jamie Mannor, general manager of L3 Kigre. “We are excited that 90% of our employees have volunteered to participate today to help a military veteran, Mr. White.”

The event was well attended by members of the American Legion Post 42, who were there to support their fellow veteran. Irvin Campbell, Commander of the Post, kicked off the event with the Pledge of Allegiance and thanked everyone present for honoring our veterans.

The Beaufort County EDC (Economic Development Commission) has been a great resource and support to L3 since their purchase of Kigre, which established its presence in the Lowcountry. “We hope by getting more involved in the community, we are also helping Beaufort County become a better place for industry,” Mannor said. “Beaufort County is a great place for business, and our employees enjoy being in the community.”

“Kigre is a business leader and we support our EDC in their economic development initiatives necessary to support a healthy, emergent economy,” said Peterson, who credits the EDC for contributing positively towards Beaufort County’s economic growth.

Charlie Stone is the project manager for the Beaufort County Economic Development Corporation.