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Matthew Padgett Remembered
Matthew Padgett, a Clarksville Foundry employee for more than 40 years, died May 16, 2016 in Clarksville, Tenn. He is remembered by Clarksville Foundry employees – past and present – for his versatility and devotion to his profession. Padgett’s obituary can be found here.
Padgett started working as a laborer at the Foundry in 1974. As he gained experience, he became a municipal castings machinist before being named sales manager, chief estimator and all-around “metallurgical guru.”
“Matthew started his career at Clarksville Foundry in an entry-level position in the mid 1970s. At that time, our business was very different than it is today both in terms of products and processes,” said Clarksville Foundry President Charles Foust Jr. “Matthew’s inquisitive nature and keen intellect quickly propelled him into a variety of more responsible positions. Over the years he evolved into our resident technical expert in metallurgy, gating design and production processes. His professional growth and good work have contributed in many ways to shape Clarksville Foundry into the company we are today. Matthew is sorely missed both as a colleague and a friend.”
Padgett was born Nov. 12, 1951, and graduated from Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University.
Padgett leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Michele, as well as three children – Paul (Michelle) Porter, Garth (Amanda) Padgett, and Jaime Varriale; as well as a brother, sister, niece and six grandchildren.
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