99-year-old businesswoman honored

October 8, 2008 5:10:03 PM PDT
The city of Trenton today honored a businesswoman who's been through all the business cycles, including the great depression. Meta Griffith is a legend in the Trenton business community which is why she is being honored with a street that bears her name.

Dozens of current and former employees of Griffith Electric gathered for the unveiling and to celebrate the electrical supply company's 70th anniversary.

Meta and her late husband Bill started the company off South Broad Street in 1938 at the end of the great Depression.

Meta calls the recent economic crisis "tragic" and says business owners facing tough times can't expect to be bailed out.

"You can't go hide under the desk and think everybody's going to come and take care of things," Meta said.

Meta should know. When her husband died in 1971, she took over the business and with no children of her own, her employees became her family.

"This is what her and Bill started. This is her baby, if you will, and she's very proud of it," Bill Goodwin, Griffith Electric President, said.

"We take her to the doctor's. We do whatever needs doing for Mrs. griffith. we are her family," Meta's secretary Dana Lambert said.

Meta comes in to work about once a week now to check on paperwork and say hello, but employees remember her game of always trying to be the first to arrive in the morning.

70 years in business, 99-years-old, Meta Griffith is a pioneer and an institution in this town whom everyone agrees deserves this honor.

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