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United Way Recognizes Vit Plant Leadership in Community

The United Way recognized Bechtel National Inc., Amentum and Bechtel Principal Vice President Rick Holmes for their commitment and positive impact on the Tri-Cities community during its Breakfast of Champions event today.

Volunteer of the Year

United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties CEO LoAnn Ayers honored Rick Holmes as Volunteer of the Year for 2021. This award recognizes the “dedication and engagement of an individual for extraordinary support” of the United Way’s mission. Holmes was the board chair during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021. He is past board chair in 2022.

At the breakfast, Ayers noted the significant difference Holmes has made in the community and his mentorship and strategic advice during the pandemic. She also honored his wife, Joy Holmes, for her commitment to the community. Joy is a board member for the Children’s Reading Foundation and an active United Way volunteer. Awardees make a significant contribution through volunteer service, as a role model for others in the community, and by inspiring others to volunteer, according to the United Way.

Holmes is general manager of the Waste Treatment Completion Company, a limited liability company owned by Bechtel and Amentum performing work at the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant in Richland, Wash.

Live United Award

Bechtel National Inc. received the 2021 Live United Award for its outstanding leadership through a high level of employee participation in special events, employee campaign, corporate gift or sponsorship, and volunteer engagement, according to the United Way.

Corporate Leadership Award

Amentum received the 2021 Corporate Leadership Award for its “extraordinary focus on community service and corporate social responsibility.” Their team has a high level of involvement by employees in the annual United Way campaign at the Hanford Vit Plant.

Volunteer Tri-Cities

In addition to corporate donations to the United Way, both Bechtel and Amentum have sponsored the United Way’s Volunteer Tri-Cities program that connects nonprofits with members of the community on volunteer needs and interests. The website is

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About Bechtel National Inc.:

Bechtel is a trusted engineering, construction and project management partner to industry and government. Differentiated by the quality of our people and our relentless drive to deliver the most successful outcomes, we align our capabilities to our customers’ objectives to create a lasting positive impact. Since 1898, we have helped customers complete more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents that have created jobs, grown economies, improved the resiliency of the world's infrastructure, increased access to energy, resources, and vital services, and made the world a safer, cleaner place. Bechtel serves the Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals markets. Our services span from initial planning and investment, through start-up and operations.