Gala event in Nanjing concludes company’s 140th anniversary celebration

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Nanjing, China — The employees from the China Water Heating and Shanghai Water Treatment operations in Nanjing wrapped up this year’s 140th anniversary celebration in grand fashion with a spectacular outdoor event last week.

The program featured employee presentations that not only entertained the group, but also were meant to interpret A. O. Smith’s culture and history.

The program included a continuous improvement drum show, and water purifier new product laser show.China 140th Fire Dancers

Also participating were students from the A. O. Smith Friendship School, which has been sponsored by the Nanjing operation for a number of years.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ajita Rajendra, representing the leadership team, and Arthur O. Smith IV, representing the Smith family, also took part in the program.

“Today, we are taking time out to celebrate our history,” Ajita told the assembled employees.  “There’s no question, we have a lot to celebrate.  We can look back with pride at 140 years of accomplishment.  And, we can look ahead to more success in the future.  

“There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic, but number one is the outstanding A. O. Smith team, not just here in China, but throughout our organization.  Each of you has played a role in helping us get to where we are today.  And you’ll all play a role in the future, contributing to our ongoing success.”

In addition to celebrating the company’s anniversary, the Nanjing team used the event to conclude its 2014 Values Recognition program and to honor its inventors at the annual Patent Recognition program.

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