PROJECTXYZ Newsletter 08/12/2021

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PROJECTXYZ Newsletter 08/12/2021

The People of PROJECTXYZ

Trey Shirley

Years with PROJECTXYZ:  five years.

Current Position: Assistant Assembly Manager

What are your day-to-day responsibilities? Produce and maintain healthy assembly processes, 6S management, and ergonomics. Ensure customer satisfaction with quality finished products, and order punctuality. My personal goal is to create a healthy, rewarding, and efficient working environment for all of our employees here at PROJECTXYZ Muscle Shoals.

Trey Shirley


Pictured with Trey above is co-worker Mayflor Collier at PROJECTXYZ’s Muscle Shoals facility.

I learned of “blade-smithing” from the television show called “Forged-in-Fire.” Immediately upon watching the show for the first time, I was ecstatic and enthused.

Trey: Artistic hobbies and even careers have always been a passion and I have been an avid hunter for the majority of my life. So, long story short, my artist abilities and some lifetime passions came together after doing research and learning.  Today, I am still trying to learn more and as much as possible about blade-smithing.  From blade-smithing, there is the opportunity to make something that can have lasting value for generations and that the knives or blades may be handed down through time. Knowing that you created something that could have that much meaning to a child, a father, or even great-grandchildren, makes every swing of the hammer worth it.


There’s not a style or a single type of knife that I would say no too. The challenge of making something difficult, or completely making a new design is enjoyable. What I love about making knives is that no two are “exactly” the same and every piece is somewhat unique for the customer, and to me as well. Currently I work with high-carbon and high nickel content steels for the best quality blade possible for Mono-steel, and/or Damascus, etc. Specializing in all types of blades, whether it be from axes and tomahawks to kitchen knives, I want the Treydayblades “T” to reach as far as possible.

To Learn More: Trey knives are hand-forged with high-tested steel giving them a finished product like none other! His passion for crafting knives is what keeps him busy outside of work.  To see more of Trey’s work, search TreyDayBlades on Facebook!


PROJECTXYZ CEO in Running for Award


CEO Kim Lewis was recently named a contender for Female Founders 100.

The winners that will be selected by Inc. have each made their mark on their industry in the past year, by setting audacious goals or by achieving business milestones. Winners will be announced in September when Inc. honors 100 diverse women for their influential and game-changing transformations they’ve made to every major industry in America.   Inc. editor at large Maria Aspan stated in a previous release, “taken together, they represent the female-led future of business.  From the young women whose startups are transforming financial services and tech, to veteran CEOs who have run iconic fitness and food companies for decades, these women are leading many of the most innovative businesses today.”

Welcome New Team Members!

Thank you for joining Team PROJECTXYZ!   We would like to welcome you, and we believe that you will enjoy working here!    As part of our workplace environment, you will have outstanding benefits, an inclusive work environment, excellent career development and support, and recognition of the hard work, talent, skills and expertise that you bring. 


Jalen Jones

LaTrice Townsend

April Brewer

Alison  Young

Van Pham

Katie Tanner

Brianna Goodloe

Makenzie Friend

Demerrious Key

Melanie Weakley

Nena Jackson


Christian Owens

Hollie Easley

Johnny Warn

Precious Hickman

Brittany Payne

Charese Mangrum

Benjamin McGuire

Kierra Freeman

Donna Thorne

Tracey McClain         



David Siqueiros

Barry Walls

Brian Emery   


Shirley Black

Brandon Kidd

Barbara Warfield

Tommie Jones

Dream More, Do More, Become More:

That is what PROJECTXYZ is all about and congratulations to the employee Team at our Muscle Shoals, Alabama location for outstanding participation and completion of the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) Leadership I, II, and III program.

Courses ranged from leading multiple generations, personality styles, motivation, and communication to conflict management and teamwork. 

PROJECTXYZ would like to thank and commend the following employees who are pictured left to right as follows:  Donte Hogan, Malik Smith, Bobbie Clemmons, Zach Hyde, and Michael Owens.  Their time and dedication to completing these courses is an investment in their professional growth as emerging leaders within PROJECTXYZ.  This Team is top-notch, and we appreciate all you do!

PROJECTXYZ would like to congratulate and commend four awesome employees for receiving certifications in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 training program.  OSHA 10 trains and informs personnel on how to recognize and avoid common job-related hazards and the program also explains employer responsibilities and workers’ rights under OSHA.  Graduates of OSHA-authorized outreach courses receive an official completion card from the US Department of Labor and certification is an increasingly common job requirement among employers nationwide. Additionally, all earned the designation of Certified Production Technician which recognizes individuals who demonstrate mastery of the foundational, core competencies of advanced manufacturing production at the entry-level to front-line supervisor level through successful completion of the certification assessments. 

PROJECTXYZ appreciates your dedication and preparation during this time and while working full-time and balancing other responsibilities.   Your clear commitment to ongoing learning and development involved many hours of studying and is a testament to your willingness to go above and beyond. 

Meet the PROJECTXYZ Muscle Shoals Product Room & Assembly Training Team

In January, PROJECTXYZ created new positions to support training activities and product and assembly trainers were assigned with the overall goals as follows:

• Promoting standardization of processes for new hires or employee transfers

• Improving departmental responsiveness

• Providing any unique employee training required within a specific department

• Promoting and investing in workforce development for employees


Employees were selected among the Product Room and Assembly departments for the positions based on attendance, department performance and product knowledge, interest, attitude, and leadership and training potential.  Employees also were required to complete a certification process conducted by Training Within Industry  (TWI).  

PROJECTXYZ would like to commend the following personnel for their commitment and dedication to ensuring delivery of a highly motivated and responsive Product and Assembly Team for our Muscle Shoals facility: Brady Lambert, Estella Rodriguez, Ron White, Alicia Abernathy, Shaquita Franklin, Phyllis Sandridge, Charlotte Matson, Heather Wilkinson, and Mary Rigby.

PROJECTXYZ strongly believes in the growth and development of all employees by providing  generous opportunities for all employees to enroll in job-related education, training, and professional development programs.  The PROJECTXYZ Employee Manual is where interested participants will  find more information on our corporate education and professional development policies and approval processes. For questions on the policy, processes or procedures, employees should contact Human Resources.

PROJECTXYZ, Huntsville

PROJECTXYZ Awarded FMS Contract

PROJECTXYZ was recently awarded a contract through the Simplified Non-Standard Acquisition Program (SNAP) to provide Foreign Military Sales (FMS) products in support of the US Army Security Assistance Command.

PROJECTXYZ was selected for the award based on a government review of our previous FMS non-standard equipment design and manufacturing capabilities as well as our ability to meet delivery requirements on time and on schedule. 

Through the use of the SNAP which is managed by the US Army Tank and Automotive Command in Detroit, Michigan, the Army purchases non-standard weapon system equipment that is unique to our Foreign Allied Defense partners military applications.  Purchases can also be obtained typically faster, easier, and less expensively than through the use of traditional federal government contact awards or acquisitions

An Avenger Weapon System


XYZ By The Numbers

years in business

Founded in 2002 by CEO Kimberly C. Lewis. President Larry E. Lewis, Jr. joined Kim in 2008.


PROJECTXYZ’s diverse employee base supports government and commercial industries all over the world.  From engineering modifications on missile systems sold to our foreign allies and broadcast television to automotive lighting and plastic injection  molding our employees are our  most valuable asset and we appreciate all you do for each and every customer.

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Non-Profits Supported

non-profit organizations and agencies supported in 2021 where PROJECTXYZ employees live and work.


PROJECTXYZ provides services in seven core capability areas.  Those areas are in engineering, logistics, IT, manufacturing, alternative energy, broadcasting & media, and international foreign military sales.

Newsletter Contributors

PROJECTXYZ employees which supported writing, design, layout, and creative content development for our first employee news.  Thanks to the following employees for participation, suggestions, photographs, and contributions:  Brianna Thomas, Ana Padgett, Linda Rich, Gladys Nunn, Veronica Tucker, Trey Shirley, and Kevin Williams. 


Worklife Does Matter

One of the benefits PROJECTXYZ offers to employees at no cost is an Employee Assistance Plan Work Life Matters via Guardian.

This service provides you and your family members with confidential, personal and web-based support on a wide variety of important and relevant topics to help encourage well-being: stress management, dependent/elder care, nutrition, fitness, as well as legal and financial issues.

Program highlights include:

• Unlimited telephonic assistance on common employee/workplace issues

• Life advice and professional counseling

• Caregiving

• Maternity education

• College planning

• Balancing personal and  professional life

• Psychological counseling

• Legal services

• ID theft and fraud resolution support

• Monthly newsletters and e-mail alerts

• Employee communication materials and utilization reports



PROJECTXYZ employees  help to strengthen the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.  We strive to be a valued partner to our neighbors, our nation, and our ally countries. Across the US, employees volunteer in support of causes important to them and in support of company-led volunteer efforts.

DANCING for HEALS Helps Critical Needs in Community

Veronica Tucker is representing PROJECTXYZ in the upcoming STARS Dancing for HEALS.  Veronica is PROJECTXYZ’s Director of Special Projects and works at the Huntsville corporate office.  Modeled after the hit reality show, “Dancing with the Stars,” the event features stars from the community dancing with local instructors to raise funds for the Health Establishments at Local Schools or HEALS. 

The event kicks off November 4 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville.   Until then, Veronica along with her husband and dance partner Archie will be trained by local instructors and collecting donations or votes to reach fundraising goals. Every dollar donated to HEALS counts as one vote and the stars compete to win awards as the top fundraiser and crowd favorite.   Votes are $1 and interested donors have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite star. 

A non-profit organization, HEALS  pioneered the concept of school-based clinics providing health, vision, and dental care to school children in Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama. For more information on the mission of HEALS visit


To show your support and vote online for Veronica and Archie, click here


WOW! Employees Roll Out AMAZING Results for the United Way DAY of ACTION!

PROJECTXYZ would like to say thanks to all employees that participated in the United Way Day of Action in June. The Day of Action is a time in which thousands of people around the globe come together to take action to improve the communities in which they live. PROJECTXYZ elected to help HEALS by providing much needed dental supplies and donations through a virtual supply drive and campaign.  The donations and support provided by employees was phenomenal.   Thanks again to everyone for your contributions and support. 

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