Archive for Thursday, December 3, 2009

Huhtamaki, city have good partnership

December 3, 2009

There's an unusual item Thursday on the De Soto City Council's agenda. To be considered is how the city should use a $20,000 grant. What's unusual is that the grant is not from some state or federal agency but a foundation associated Huhtamaki Americas, one of the city's industries.

The grant is but the latest example of generosity from the company that made De Soto its North American headquarters when it located here a decade ago. The company has helped make possible numerous community events and is a dependable supporter of the De Soto Chamber of Commerce.

Huhtamaki has proved to be a fine corporate citizen. To truly fulfill that role, the company’s first responsibility is to prosper. And, with the help of the city and the state, it has done so. De Soto Chamber of Commerce members who attended a meeting at the plant last month were told the plant now employed three times as many people as it did when it first opened its doors in De Soto.

The company’s decision to take over the Sealright plant has worked out well for both it and the city, and the grant is but the latest example of the health of that relationship.

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