SOUTHBRIDGE – Professional cutlery manufacturer Dexter-Russell, Inc.celebrated its 200th Anniversary in continuous business Saturday, June 16, with a “Dexter Day” event at its facility, followed by a Celebration Fundraising Dinner at the Oliver Wight Tavern, Old Sturbridge Village.
Dexter Day was a full daytime event with over 600 townspeople, Dexter employees, retirees, and their families enjoying factory tours, demonstrations from corporate chef Ryan Trinkofsky and the Dexter Protour mobile cutlery education center, face painting, coloring contests, balloon sculptures, music, barbecue lunch with ice cream, Dexter products available at an outside tent sale, and a local fire department providing bucket rides with their big rig.
There was also a special presentation by State Senator Ryan Fattman & Sherriff Lewis Evangelidis awarding Dexter President, Alan Peppel, with a citation from the State of Massachusetts in recognition of the bicentennial celebration and Dexter’s dedication to manufacturing in Massachusetts for 200 years. Dexter also received earlier a proclamation from the Town of Southbridge celebrating Dexter’s 200th Anniversary, and a citation from Governor Baker’s office in recognition of the bicentennial celebration from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“We were thrilled to open our doors for the entire Dexter team and their families, for retirees to reconnect, and for dignitaries and neighbors to see how we manufacture the finest professional cutlery,” said Alan Peppel, President and CEO of Dexter-Russell. “For 200 years, we have taken pride in manufacturing quality products that allow a chef, butcher, fisherman, or industrial worker to do their work more effectively, safely and easily. Our facility has never looked better, and we were very proud to share it with our neighbors and friends.”
Later that evening, Dexter hosted a celebration dinner (Birthday Bash) with remarkable success due to the generosity of corporate donors, local organizations and the community which came together to raise over $100,000 to benefit three local nonprofit institutions. 100 percent of these proceeds will benefit and support Harrington Hospital’s Emergency Room, Old Sturbridge Village’s “The Piggery” exhibit, and the Tri-Community YMCA’s new Youth and Teen Center.
Jim Donahue, Old Sturbridge Village President and CEO: “We are pleased to join Dexter-Russell in celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary and grateful for their support of the Piggery project. It is truly a local project. With Dexter-Russell’s support, we are able to restore the Allen Piggery, originally located in Sturbridge, and expand our agricultural interpretation.”
Glenn Juchno, Executive Director of the Tri-Community YMCA: “The YMCA is extremely honored by the generosity of Dexter-Russell. The significance of their gift allows the YMCA to continue to strengthen our communities that promote youth development with a new Youth and Teen Center. This facility will provide older kids and teenagers a safe place to congregate, receive tutoring, work on homework, enjoy fun activities, and hang out with friends in a positive, supervised environment.”
Ed Moore, Harrington HealthCare System president and CEO: “Congratulations to Dexter for organizing a successful 200th Birthday Bash! Their decision to give the money back to local organizations is part of what makes them such a generous community partner and an asset to south central Massachusetts. Harrington is humbled, and we look forward to being able to utilize the funds to purchase audio-visual equipment that will be installed in our new Southbridge Emergency Department.”
Dexter-Russell was established in 1818 and has maintained a tradition of excellence in both workmanship and materials. Located in Southbridge, Massachusetts, Dexter employs more than 200 employees to produce over 2,400 different professional cutlery products to meet the demands of various markets. For more information, visit www.dexter1818.com or call (800) 343-6042.