HURON — Antwaun Underwood, a certified welder at Horizontal Machining & Manufacturing Inc., is recognized as the company’s quarterly HMMI Spotlight.
Underwood started work at HMMI in March 2020, in the cleaning department. Proving himself to be a fast learner and hard worker, he quickly worked his way up to becoming a welder. Antwaun is a respected and valued member of HMMI’s talented welding team.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Underwood is married to Marquesha, and they have five children ranging in age from 13 to 3.
He received a GED in 2012, and would like to go back to school to get a business degree so he can advance to management.
He expects to graduate from Drug Court on Aug. 11. Underwood credits Drug Court for putting him on the right path and helping him pay off bills and save for the future.
“When I first started Drug Court, I was a wreck,” Underwood said. “I didn’t want to change. But as time went on Drug Court made me open my eyes to what life was all about. They helped me get a job at HMMI and my life changed for the best. HMMI kept me busy to keep my mind off drugs and helped me be more productive and be there for my wife and kids.
“I’ve been in recovery about 20 months,” he added. “Through this tough pandemic HMMI has been like family to me. I am grateful I work for this company and just to have amazing people to work with.”
“I have truly appreciated this opportunity to watch Antwaun grow,” said office manager Brandi Griffith. “I think Nolan Ryan said it best — ‘Enjoying success requires the ability to adapt. Only by being open to change will you have a true opportunity to get the most from your talent.’”