View Larger Image In 1957, Claude was awarded a U.S. patent for the broom-making machine he invented. He collected royalties from manufacturers across America and Canada for the following 20 years. By carll|2019-11-25T20:28:55+00:00September 17th, 1950|Legacy|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! Related Posts Gallery In January 2020, Tri-City, Inc. was renamed C.F. Smith Property Group in honor of its founder and the company’s long-term vision of a future built on his strong values. Neil Robinette, CEO, represents the third generation of family leadership. Gallery Build-to-suit assignments are continuing to grow, including a new Starbucks store in Wilmington, NC and an Aldi grocery store in Fort Wayne, IN. Gallery Tri-City is continuing to develop and acquire high-quality assets like the PineCroft Retail Center in Taylortown, NC, which showcases Harris Teeter’s “large format” design concept. Gallery Following their passing, The Claude and Lois Smith Family Care Home was gifted to the Baptist Children’s Home of North Carolina. Gallery The new Richmond Community College downtown campus will be named for Tri-City principals, Kenneth and Claudia Robinette, who chair the Richmond County Board of Commissioners and the Richmond Community College board of Trustees, respectfully. Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.