The Litchfield Chamber of Commerce was organized is 1898 by a group of 28 civic-minded men, under the name of the Litchfield Board of Trade. One year later, with $7,000 in the treasury, an Industrial Committee was set up. In 1904, negotiations were made for the purchase of a cornfield as teh site for the American Radiator Company. This group became the Merchant's Protective Association of Litchfield in 1907. In 1917, when the Brown Shoe Company located here, the Chamber took the lead in raising the $60,000 to make it possible. Another $25,000 was raised for an addition to the plant. Again, the Chamber raised the $7,000 necessary to bring the Hoffman Forge plant to Litchfield in 1949. They raise another $20,000 to bring in Roll-Away Skate & Aerflyte Shoe Company now called Roller Derby Skate Corp. In 1951 the Chamber Board formed the Civic Pride Association and in 1956 the Litchfield Community Development Association, both for the purpose of assisting in developing and increasing the facilities of the Chamber to obtain and etablish industry in Litchfield. In 1970 the Civic Pride Association worked with Al Furman of Echlin Mfg. for their purchase of the Weatherproof Company property.