The A. O. Smith Foundation celebrated its diamond anniversary this week by recognizing four community partners that have been associated with A. O. Smith for a combined total of 265 years.
The Foundation event, which capped a year of special activities associated with the anniversary, was attended by the A. O. Smith Board of Directors and the company’s leadership team. The celebration was held at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Milwaukee. Villa Terrace was the long-time home of former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Lloyd R. Smith.
Bruce Smith, the chairman of the A. O. Smith Foundation, recognized each of the long-time partners. Each partner received a special, one-time donation, as well as a commemorative award.
“As the Board prepared for today’s event, one of the big topics of discussion was what to do to commemorate the Foundation’s 60 years of community service,” Smith noted. “We decided the most appropriate thing would be to recognize four of our longest-serving community partners. You’ll notice that, in each case, our partnership goes back to before the A. O. Smith Foundation was established. That is truly a remarkable case of longevity, and I think it speaks to the work that each of these partners does in making our community a better place to live.”
The community partners are:
During the celebration, Tom Barrett, the mayor of the City of Milwaukee, read a proclamation recognizing the A. O. Smith Foundation for its community service and proclaiming Oct. 13 as A. O. Smith Foundation Day throughout the city. He also commented about the importance of A. O. Smith and the foundation:
“One of the constants of A. O. Smith has been that it is a family business, with the Smith family taking an important leadership role in the enterprise. The other constant is that it is a great corporate citizen.”