15 Years of Loyalty and Counting...
Delilah Landrum started working at AMERICAN right out of high school. Fifteen years and two children later, she remains with the company, in part because of benefits that allow her to balance work and parenting. “My plan was to get out there and work, then go back to school immediately,” she said. “But this job is hard to walk away from.”
Delilah, 34, is married and lives in Vincent. She noted three specific benefits that have kept the job attractive for her. Paid parental leave permitted her to take 8 weeks off following the birth of each child and receive pay for 6.5 hours per day while on leave. Her children are now 6 and 9, so AMERICAN was ahead of the curve on paid family leave. Delilah has also been able to move up in the company. She’s worked as a security officer, in division offices including Human Resources, and now she schedules and orders raw materials for the ductile iron pipe plant, spending most of her days on the manufacturing floor. Finally, she is able to go back to school after all.
Thanks to AMERICAN’s tuition-reimbursement program, she takes online classes at the University of Alabama’s Life Track Program, and her company reimburses up to $5,400 per year for approved courses of study at accredited technical schools, colleges and universities.