For more than 100 employees of Carriage Inc., Christmas came a little early this year.
Well, Santa did, anyway.
“We had a tremendous event at Louisville this year and a great influx of new business,” said Ed Kinney, vice president of sales and national sales manager for the Millersburg, Ind., manufacturer of high-end fifth-wheels. “Carriage is a special place, with special employees, so we thought it would be fun to have Santa visit.”
The inaugural Carriage family Christmas party, held Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 15) at Carriage’s Millersburg headquarters, was also open to children of employees — and more than 150 youngsters participated in a variety of crafts while enjoying treats and hot chocolate.
“It was a great turnout and everyone had a good time,” said Kinney, who donned a familiar red costume for the festivities. By his recollection, Kinney has played Santa for hospitals, groups and private occasions for more than 40 years — including a memorable stretch that saw him visit the renowned Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis each December for 25 seasons — and was especially gratified to bring the role to his own company.
“This was the first time we’ve held a Christmas party here for our employees,” Kinney noted, “but judging by its reception, we’ll make it an annual event.”