I came across a story the other day that really captured the spirit of the season, and wouldn’t you know it, a small-town manufacturer was right at the heart of it.
Leading this effort is Ron Smithfield, the president of Smithfield Manufacturing, a small, family-owned precision machining company. Ron chairs the Kiwanis’ Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project.
Thinking of our troops a half-a-world away form their families during the holidays, Ron and the Kiwanis collected all those things that add a touch of home: DVDs, paperbacks, stationery…cookies.
Clarksville businesses donated 400 soccer balls for the troops to give for Iraqi children, too – the spirit of giving crosses many borders.
Of course, there are community projects like this all across the country, all year long, and odds are, a manufacturer’s involved. Manufacturers are civic leaders, employers, good corporate citizens — friends and family.
So, in the spirit of giving and the spirit of the season, let me wish all of you a Merry Christmas and the best holiday greetings om all of us here at the National Association of Manufacturers.