Smith & Wesson, a leader in firearm manufacturing and a Springfield, MA resident since 1852, announced on June 1st, that it has donated $50,000 to ReGreen Springfield, Inc., and organization dedicated to restoring the urban forest tree canopy that was devastated in the tornado of June 2011.
Speaking at a tree planting ceremony on Druid Hill Road, and surrounded by neighborhood residents, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said, “Thanks to the generosity of Smith & Wesson, a company that has made the largest contribution to date in our city’s ReGreen efforts, up to 200 trees will be planted throughout Springfield to help restore our urban canopy. We are confident that the support of companies in our business community, like Smith & Wesson, combined with the efforts of our citizens, will allow Springfield to reclaim its rightful title as the ‘City of Trees.’”
At the tree planting event, Smith & Wesson President and CEO, James Debney, said, “As a resident of Springfield for over 160 years, we have a deep attachment to our community through the environment that we share with so many of our employees and each citizen of Springfield. The trees are an important element of Springfield’s beauty, and we are proud to support the tremendous re-planting work being done by ReGreen Springfield.”
Attorney Timothy Ryan, President of ReGreen Springfield, Inc., said, “Our program would not be possible without the support of companies like Smith & Wesson. Their contribution will help us to re-green Springfield one tree at a time.”