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Employee Spotlight: Al Caudle

Al Caudle

Known for his lightning-fast hands and attention to detail, Alandress “Al” Caudle has a reputation as one of the most skilled workers in Phoenix manufacturing division.

His journey at Phoenix began on September 27, 1995, at the age of 19, when he started as a Material Handler in the flag department. Phoenix manufactures U.S. Interment Burial Flags for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These flags are presented by the VA to veterans and their families during military burial services.

In nearly 30 years of employment, Al’s supervisors say he has packaged more than two million U.S. flags!

Beyond these impressive production numbers, Al is beloved by his coworkers for his willingness to lend a helping hand. Whether it’s assisting with opening up the plant each morning or ensuring that every flag is carefully inspected and packaged, Al is dedicated to his work and to helping his co-workers achieve their production goals.

“I really like to help people out to get things done,” Al said.

Another one of Al’s primary responsibilities is de-linting, an important step in the flag manufacturing process. With precision and care, he inspects each flag, removing any loose strings to ensure a flawless finished product.

“By doing the de-linting, I have to cut the strings off to make it nice and neat. Then fold it up about three times and put it in the cart to get it ready to be packed.”

Busy Helping

Al never stops moving. If he is all caught up folding flags, he will work on de-linting. If that is all caught up too, he will walk the aisles between the sewing machines, moving materials down the line to the next step in the process.

“I like to do material handling,” Al said. “I like to give people material to help them stay busy. I do a lot of walking to give the material to keep it stay busy and focused, to keep it stay ahead at all times.”

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his parents and following his favorite sports teams, including the Auburn Tigers, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Braves.

“I really want the Braves to take it all the way again (like in) 2021, when they win the World Series. But I don’t know if they ever gonna do that or not.”

Al has received numerous Phoenix achievement awards for this work.

“I enjoy working here and I don’t have no problem helping. That’s what I do,” Al said. “I do what everybody told me to do. Didn’t get smart, didn’t back talk, didn’t bother anybody. I just stay focused where I should.”