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Southworth International 125th anniversary celebration highlights community involvement


Commemoration to include employee involvement with a series of community outreach programs. By MMH Staff

On Tuesday, September 22nd, Southworth International celebrated 125 years in business with a party at its corporate headquarters in Falmouth, Maine.

More than 200 people attended the event, part of a commemoration effort that began on January 1st and will continue through the end of the year.

“Maybe it’s our Yankee heritage, but we’re not terribly comfortable bragging about our accomplishments” said long time Southworth president Brian McNamara. “But still, we didn’t want to let this milestone go without notice.”

After several meetings with a volunteer organizing committee named TEAM 125, Southworth management agreed that the best way to commemorate the achievement would be through a series of community outreach programs.

By the end of the year, Southworth employees and their families will have logged 1,250 hours volunteering for a variety of community projects and charities, including a goal to donate 125 pints of blood to the Red Cross. The company will make donations of $125 to 125 non-profit organizations that have been nominated by Southworth employees.

Southworth International Group began in 1890 as Southworth Press, a printing press based in Portland. In 1910 the company was incorporated and the name changed to Southworth Machine Company. In the 1920s, the company evolved to include an automotive division that, among other things, built fire trucks for towns throughout New England. Through World War II and beyond, Southworth Machine concentrated on a variety of industries such as graphic arts, engine rebuilding and the aerospace industry. In the 1970’s, the company was renamed Southworth International and has been focusing on producing material handling equipment ever since. Today Southworth employs more than 250 people in locations throughout the US and Mexico.

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