Smith & Wesson employees collect coats for the community

pile of donated winter coats from Smith and Wesson employees

SPRINGFIELD (MA) — Employees at Springfield-based Smith & Wesson collected gently used coats during a recent onsite coat drive. United Way of Pioneer Valley will help warm the community by distributing these coats in Western Mass. “Our employees are continually looking for ways to give back to our community. Knowing these new and gently used coats will be distributed locally makes this event even more special,” said Lane Tobiassen, President of Firearms at Smith & Wesson.  “With the help of the United Way of Pioneer Valley these much-needed coats will make it to those who need them most.”

Smith & Wesson has been part of the Springfield community since 1852 and remains one of the area’s leading manufacturers, employing over 1600 and supporting multiple philanthropic causes and educational development. The coats will be distributed at several sites that have notified United Way that they have great need for both children and adults. “We always strive to match needs to resources in our service area.  These workplace campaigns are essential to our work,” said Jennifer Kinsman, Director of Community Impact.  UWPV’s  service area includes all of Hampden County, South Hadley and Granby for a total of 25 cities and towns.


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About Smith & Wesson Corp.

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the U.S. consumer and law enforcement markets, as well as global military and law enforcement customers. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Performance Center®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech®. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to