MONSON – Senate President Richard A. Bennett (R-Norway) presented Moosehead Manufacturing Company head John Wentworth with the first President's Cornerstone Award for Business on Thursday at the company's Monson factory.
"Moosehead Manufacturing Company represents what is best about Maine people, their work ethic and their entrepreneurial spirit," President Bennett said. "The manufacturing industry in Maine has been challenged – to say the least – during the recent past. However, that hasn't deterred John Wentworth and the rest of the Moosehead family from investing in our state."
Moosehead Manufacturing Company President John Wentworth accepted the award on behalf of the company and its employees. "I am both honored and pleased to accept this award on behalf of the entire Moosehead furniture family," Mr. Wentworth said. "This is a testament to the 250 current employees and all those who came before them."
Senator Paul T. Davis (R-Sangerville) and Representative Sharon Libby Jones (D-Greenville), who nominated Moosehead Furniture for the award, were on hand when President Bennett presented a plaque to Mr. Wentworth and the company's employees.
President Bennett created the President's Cornerstone Award in honor of businesses who contribute to their local and state economies, as well as their community. A committee of four businesspeople from across Maine reviews Cornerstone nominations and recommends several companies to President Bennett. He subsequently chooses a Cornerstone Award winner.
The award is a means of recognizing and thanking Maine's private sector businesses, their leaders and their employees for providing prosperity, opportunity and hope to Maine people, while providing a solid foundation to the state's prosperity.
Moosehead Manufacturing Company has demonstrated a commitment to its employees and community. In 1999, the company earned the title "Employer of the Year" from the New England Training and Employment Council. They have donated furniture and money annually to countless local auctions, charities and raffles. They have also made strong, and lasting, financial commitments to the state's educational institutions.
"It is our corporate culture to be socially responsive to our communities, our region and our state," Mr. Wentworth said. "We thank President Bennett and his nominating board for helping us to prove that nice guys don't have to finish last."
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