Holiday Wishes from the NAM

By December 24, 2007General

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.

In Clarksville, Tennessee, the local Kiwanis Club has been collecting Christmas gifts for members of the 101st Airborne Division deployed in Iraq.

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.

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