Competitor offers helping hand of compassion

Monday, July 18, 2011 - 5:52pm

An act of compassion from a competitor has put a Louisiana family's dairy product back into production.

"That was something that I never thought I would see again," Warren Smith, Founder of Smith Creamery, said at a press conference this morning.

Smith was horrified when his family’s bottling plant was destroyed during an explosion and subsequent fire. Now, thanks to the help of the Kleinpeter family, the Smith family dream has become a reality again.

“Words cannot express how I feel about everything that’s taken place,” Smith said holding back tears in his eyes.

The Kleinpeter’s are now packaging the Smith Creamery products at their plant here in Baton Rouge. Even though the two families compete against each other, both said today that they’ve always maintained a mutual respect.

"This is what we teach our children everyday on what we're supposed to do and the way we're supposed to do things," Michelle Hickman, the daughter of Warren Smith, explained.

The Kleinpeter family explained that helping a competitor in a time of need shouldn’t be as rare as it is. He hopes people will take the example and incorporate it into their daily lives as well.

"You can still partner together and compete and get along and make the world a better place to live in," Jeff Kleinpeter, President of Kleinpeter Dairy Farms, said with a smile.

The Kleinpeter farm is following the Smith recipe to the letter, so the product will remain the same. They say customers should expect to see their milk back on shelves tomorrow.
 

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