• Former Thomson Company employees come together for reunion
By Linda Green

A row of pants served as a backdrop and a reminder of yesterday as workers of a former Thomson industry reunited on Aug. 15.
The fellowship hall of First Baptist Church was the reunion site for more than 50 former workers of the Thomson Company who came together for the 33rd reunion since the clothing-manufacturing plant opened in 1936 and closed in 1996.
Annual reunions of employees of the defunct company are important because it allows people who do not normally see one another to catch up with each other’s lives, said numerous reunion participants.
“Some of us worked there for 40 to 50 years and spent more time with these people than with our own families. They seem like our extended family,” said Kenneth Kyzer, reunion chairperson.
Kyzer, who worked for 25 years in patterns at the Thomson Company, said reunions serve as a way to reestablish relationships and reconnect with colleagues.
“A lot of times we are so busy in our daily lives that we do not see one another. These reunions give us a time to come out and reflect, find out what everyone is doing and fellowship,” he said.
It was thought that the 2013 reunion might have been the final time the former Thomson Company employees came together. But, Kyzer stepped up and agreed to take responsibility for the 2014 and subsequent reunions.

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