Our new clock tower!
Chelsea Clock’s JK Nicholas and Anthony LaChapelle greet secretary Jay Ash and Gov. Charlie Baker at the entrance to our new headquarters.
Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication at our new Second Street headquarters. We gave him the official tour of the new facility and he gave us a wonderfully heartfelt dedication. Here's a photo gallery and a shortened excerpt:
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Both of my boys were football players, and from the time they were about 6 years old, all they really wanted to do with their lives was play football for Swampscott High School football. And my wife and I, of course, we wanted them to think a little bigger than that. But part of the reason they felt that way is because for literally a hundred years, playing football in Swampscott was considered to be a commitment to tradition, a commitment to excellence, and an aspirational objective for a young man. I watched that vortex just pull my kids in. And they both ended up playing in high school, they both captained their college football teams. And if you were to say to them, “Where did that all come from? That drive, that commitment, that desire to aspire to something more?” They would all tell you it didn’t happen by accident. It was something that was imbued into them not just by the people who were part of the program when they were there, but by other people they'd met over the course of their childhood and into their young adulthood who’d been part of that program for 60, 70, 80 years. And every year I’d sit in the stands as a dad and as a spectator, and I’d be surrounded by all these guys who played football for Swampscott in the 30s, the 40s, the 50s, and 60s, who told stories about their parents, or their grandfather who played football.
You know, the hardest thing to build in an organization is culture. And the hardest thing to hold onto in a great organization is culture. You have it here. You have a culture that’s committed to doing something nobody else can do. And you do it day after day on behalf of the people you serve, and the folks that you make this amazing product for. And it’s because of that that I believe you’ll pass it on to the next generation, and the generation after that. And a building like this will be here, making clocks, 100 years from now. That is pretty special. Congratulations.
Thanks so much to Governor Baker and everyone who has supported us through this monumental transition. We can't wait to show you what the next 100 years will bring.