Company anniversary marked in a number of ways

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FALMOUTH — Southworth International, a manufacturer of ergonomic material handling equipment and container handling equipment, recently celebrated 125 years in business.

The company, with headquarters located on 11 Gray Road, is the largest manufacturer of its kind in the world. It began in 1890 as Southworth Press, a printing press based in Portland. The organization employs more than 250 people in the United States and Mexico.

To mark the occasion, employees donated 125 pints of blood to the Red Cross. Additionally, the company will make $125 donations to 125 nonprofit organizations that were nominated by Southworth International employees. By the end of the year, employees and their families will have logged 1,250 hours volunteering for a variety of community projects and charities.

A small party was held on Sept. 22 at the company’s headquarters, which was part of the major commemoration event that began on Jan. 1 and will last until the end of 2015.