Marlene Ann Smith never lived in Lebanon, but she left an impact on the community when she decided to open a factory here 29 years ago.
Smith became the president of Plastic Products when her husband, Willard, died in 1975. The company was struggling at the time, but under her leadership, it opened six factories, purchased Schilling Plastics and reopened Smith Metal Products. When she retired in 2013, the company was valued at $150 million.
Smith died on April 5. She was 79 years old.