Southworth teams up for city project

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Southworth's Community Involvement Team recently completed a project for the City of Manila creating four picnic tables to be placed at the city park.

Pictured are, from left: Southworth President Brian McNamara; former Mayor Clifford Veach; City Council members, Larry Whiz" Davis, Jason Baltimore, Tony Hawkins, Linda Donovan; Scottie Reinhart, park commissioner; and Mayor Wayne Wagner. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

The heavy duty tables were completely redone with Southworth employee skills.

The tables were purchased by the City from Arkansas State University and were in need of repair. The original base was used with new stainless steel tops, seats, and a special paint process that resists the outside elements making the tables very long lasting.

Southworth Products President, Brian McNamara; Jim Pry, Vice President of Operations; and Kerry Pugh, Plant Manager, were on hand welcoming Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner, former Mayor Clifford Veach, City Council Members, Jason Baltimore, Tony Hawkins, Linda Donovan, and Larry "Whiz" Davis. Also present was Scottie Reinhart with the Manila Park Commission.

"We appreciate the opportunity to participate in this community project and to demonstrate our skills," Pry said.

Manila Chief of Police Jackie Hill and Andy Nettles try out the newly refurbished picnic table finished by Southworth.

Mayor Wagner expressed his appreciation for the project and for Southworth's contribution to the community of Manila.

"It is a dream for us," Mayor Wagner said. "Southworth is important to the City, our youth, and our park system. It is a perfect partnership. These tables will last a lot longer than me being Mayor. The children of Southworth employees will enjoy these tables for years to come. Again, we are thankful for Southworth."

McNamara said Southworth has had a partnership with the City over 30 years. It is a mutual partnership. "The employees have great work ethics and they did a great job," McNamara said. "We are happy to help. Anytime we can participate we are willing."

Pry commended Shelly Barley and the Community Involvement Team for their projects to benefit the community. They are participating in the backpack school project, and working on GED classes in the fall.

Members of the Community Involvement Team were also on hand. They are Shelly Barley, Regina Meacham, Jessica Copeland, Eddie "Preacher" Hawkins, Justin Hill, Josh McCullough, Dianah Rowan, Michael Tomblin, Jacob Walker and Gail Walker.

The Community Involvement Team and guests enjoyed a barbecue luncheon catered by Big Butts of Leachville.

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