When a Northern Muskegon VFW needed a new LED sign in front of its facility, DTE team members immediately jumped in to help.  

Senior Vice Commander of VFW Post 8846 in Muskegon, Steve Allen, was discussing the need for a new, updated sign when Mike Matrone, stock leader max at DTE, overheard him. Steve explained to Mike the VFW was in the process of fundraising for the new sign and installation, but they were still far from their goal. That’s when Mike immediately offered his support to install this new sign. 

“To say that the project turned out GREAT is an understatement. I even received a telephone call from the planning commissioner who gave the project a compliment and stated that the new sign was a huge improvement not only to the Post but to the community,” said Steve. “The DTE employees who volunteered for this project were always professional, courteous and respectful with the attitude of ‘we want this to look good and done right’.” 

To ensure this project was done correctly, safely and efficiently, Mike rounded up support from additional DTE volunteers from the Muskegon area, including senior welder Erik Holm; apprentice welder Steve Darke; field technician programmer Brian Nelson; field leader Max Adam Tumele; field technician Lucas Bowman; field technician programmer Michael Wilke; field technician programmer Matt Cavner; field technician Anthony Alvarado and field technician programmer Jason Temple.  

The whole project took the team about a month and a half to complete, but they reached their goal of having it done before Memorial Day so the veterans at the post could enjoy their new sign on a day that celebrates and honors the sacrifices they made for our country.  

We’re proud of being able to support a great partner in Muskegon!   


This sign before and after DTE volunteers replaced it.