Area Nominees Recognized for Georgia Manufacturer of the Year | Schools
Three of middle Georgia’s most productive manufacturers were nominated by Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) to compete in the annual Georgia Manufacturer of the Year competition. OFTC’s nominees included:
- Husqvarna Outdoor Products is one of the world's largest manufacturers of quality outdoor power equipment. Its McRae, Georgia, plant is the largest lawn mower plant in the world and also produces snow blowers, tillers, and wheeled trimmers for markets worldwide. Husqvarna McRae has enjoyed very successful seasons for the past several years as a result of strong employee engagement in lean manufacturing activities.
- SGD North America, Inc. manufactures and decorates glass bottles for perfume and pharmaceutical industries. It also engages in highly technical operations for engraving and frosting bottles for the perfume industry. Familiar names of perfumes bottled in products from its Sparta, Georgia, facility are Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Lancôme and Guess. The Sparta plant now employs over 200 employees.
- Parker Aerospace’s Control System Division in Dublin, Georgia, produces electromechanical actuation technologies for manned and unmanned aircraft, missile and launch vehicle markets. Parker is very active in community events and supportive of local educational endeavors.
OFTC President Dr. Lloyd Horadan explained that each of these manufacturers were nominated for their demonstration of a high level of corporate responsibility, economic impact on Georgia, and commitment to workforce excellence.
Selection criteria for these nominations include a business’s economic impact to the region; its demonstration of corporate responsibilities through community involvement, civic involvement, educational partnerships and corporate citizenship; and workforce excellence, including programs that help employees balance work and family life issues, employee education programs, diversity awareness, and employee recognition programs.
For 2012, Governor Nathan Deal awarded Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point (Large), Quad/Graphics in The Rock (Medium), and Cartersville’s Applied Thermoplastic Resources (Small) as Georgia’s three 2012 Manufacturers of the Year.
To underline his support for manufacturing and making Georgia the best place to do business, Gov. Deal used the luncheon as an opportunity to sign HB 386, which eliminates the state sales tax on energy used in manufacturing and provides a variety of tax cuts for Georgians. The governor noted the tremendous contributions manufacturing makes to the state’s economic well-being.
Nearly 9500 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia; they provide approximately 350,000 jobs and generate more than $17 billion in wages in the state each year.
Manufacturing Appreciation Week activities are managed through the OFTC’s Economic Development Division. Visit www.OFTC.edu for more information.