Southworth, Inc. welcomes city officials and guests

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Pictured are members of Manila City Council receiving a donation from Southworth to be used to help with the Building 100 Fitness Center. Pictured from left are: Larry "Whiz" Davis, Linda Donovan, Donnie Wagner, Jason Baltimore, Tony Hawkins and Shelly Barley, Human Resource Manager, Southworth. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Manila city officials, members of Manila Industries, and others were welcomed to Southworth, Inc. on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Jim Pry, vice president of operations; Kerry Pugh, plant manager; and Shelly Barley, human resource manager, gave an overview of the company history, products made, the facilities, and future plans.

The Manila and Leachville plants employ 159.

Southworth was founded in 1890. It was purchased by its present owner Lewis Cabot in 1977 and came to Manila in 1979. It now has two plants in Manila and one in Leachville. The corporate office is in Portland, Maine.

Manila Mayor Wayne Wagner expressed his appreciation to Southworth for being part of the community.

"Southworth is the second oldest plant in Mississippi County, next to American Greetings," Mayor Wagner said. "It has been fortunate for us they picked Manila to call home."

Wendell Poteet, president of the Manila Lions Club, expressed his appreciation to Southworth for their generous contribution to the Christmas baskets distributed by the Lions Club.

"The Lions' Club door is open to anyone who would like to join us," Poteet said.

Barley presented a $3,000 check from Southworth to help equip the fitness center, Building 100, at the Manila City Park. Building 100 was an open airplane hangar not being used. It has been renovated into a fitness center. It is equipped with batting cages, exercise area, and will be used by the youth of the area as well as adults.

Following the presentation, guests were taken on a tour of the manufacturing plant.

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