Local sock maker Swiftwick isn’t sitting on the sidelines when it comes to helping out those affected by the crisis in Japan. The Cool Springs-based company is shipping 14,642 pairs of medical compression socks valued at $150,000 to help those in Japan affected by the crisis brought on by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island nation last month.
The socks, which are designed to assist those suffering with deep vein thrombosis, are manufactured in Cleveland, Tenn., and are the first run of a new line of product that had been set to be sent to retailers in the coming weeks.
Swiftwick officials, who have no commercial presence in Japan, decided that instead of sending the socks to U.S. stores, they would ship them to where they felt there was a greater need. President Mark Cleveland said the company is sending more socks to Japan in this shipment than it sold during its first year of business.
On hand to see off the shipment were (from left to right) those who helped arrange the donation: Josh Noblitt and Hiro Ito with FedEx, Kirk Bednar of the Rotary Club of Brentwood, Consul General Hiroshi Sato of the Consulate of Japan, and Cleveland.
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