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Georgia Manufacturers Celebrated at the Governor’s MAW Luncheon & in Pierce County Schools

The 2012 Governor’s Awards Luncheon honoring the Manufacturer of the Year winners from across Georgia was held Thursday, April 19, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW), celebrated this year April 16-20. This is the 18th year celebrating MAW in Georgia.

The Honorable Nathan Deal, Governor of Georgia, was the keynote speaker.
During the ceremonies, Gov. Nathan Deal named Georgia’s 2012 Manufacturers of the Year: Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia in West Point in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Quad/Graphics’ facility in The Rock in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Cartersville’s Applied Thermoplastic Resources in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).

To underline his support for manufacturing and making Georgia the best place to do business, Gov. Deal used the opportunity to sign HB 386, the Georgia Jobs and Family Tax Reform Plan, before the awards presentation ceremony. HB 386 eliminates the state sales tax on energy used in manufacturing and provides a variety of tax cuts for Georgians.

An important objective of the event in general is an educational one, i.e. making children aware of industry and manufacturing as providing viable career options. According to Gary Donnell of Georgia Quickstart, coordinators of the art contest hope that as students research manufacturing in order to enter the design competition, they will learn that a career in manufacturing can be an exciting and rewarding option and that they will begin to understand the significance of manufacturing to their part of the state.

Approximately 1,000 students from around the state submitted design entries in the 2012 MAW student design contest featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Nine students from across the state were selected as winners.

A first, second, and third place winner was named in the placemat, poster and t-shirt design categories. Elementary school students competed in the placemat category, middle school students designed posters, and high school students were eligible to compete in the t-shirt category.

Okefenokee Technical College Public Relations Director Cindy Tanner contacted Lisa Gillis at Blackshear Elementary School and art teachers in the Pierce County middle and high schools about the 2012 Manufacturing Appreciation Week Student Design Competition and asked for entries. All entries were submitted to the state for consideration and were on display at the Manufacturing Appreciation Week luncheon in Atlanta.

Gov. Deal thanked all the participants of the contest and praised the commitment to manufacturing they symbolize. “I really appreciate the fact that you would see it important enough to recognize these fine young folks,” he said.

Five Okefenokee Technical College officials attended the luncheon: Dr. Glenn Deibert, president; Andy Brannen, VP for economic development; Jason Rubenbauer, director of continuing education; Charlie Gibson, director of career services; and Cindy Tanner, director of public relations and information. Representing Pierce County at the luncheon were brothers Warren Carter (currently living in San Diego, California) and Matt Carter (right), executive director of the Pierce County Industrial Development Authority. 

Okefenokee Technical College nominated two area manufacturers for the statewide Manufacturer of the Year award. Richmond Baking of Georgia (Alma) and Lang Bar-B-Q Grills (Nahunta) were selected, according to OTC Vice President Andy Brannen, because they have demonstrated corporate responsibility, workforce excellence, and positive economic impact.

Sponsors of this year’s MAW were AT&T, BB&T, Georgia Power, Georgia Tech: Enterprise Innovation Institute; HA&W, and Pattillo.

MAW 2012

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Warren Carter and Matt Carter of Pierce County joined Okefenokee Technical College officials at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta recently for the 2012 MAW Governor’s Luncheon. OTC’s new top leader, Dr. Glenn Deibert (left), interim college president, was accompanied by OTC representatives Andy Brannen (L to R), VP for economic development; Jason Rubenbauer, director of continuing education; and Charlie Gibson, director of career services. Warren Carter (currently living in San Diego, California) and Matt Carter (right), executive director of the Pierce County Industrial Development Authority, attended the event in support of economic development and manufacturing.

MAW 2012

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Blackshear Elementary School Principal Tammy Theologus (back row, left) joined Lisa Gillis (back row, right), GATE teacher, in congratulating winners of the Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) art contest sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College. The 2012 local placemat winners are (front L to R) Lena Carter, Gavin Carter, Allen Boatright, Gavin Harris, Rachel Moseley, Kenzie Wolff, (back, L to R) Chandler Watson, Zaria Thomas, Angel Chancey, and Hannah Millwood.

MAW 2012

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Three 7th-grade students in Jane Callahan’s Pierce County Middle School art class received prizes for their art designs in the 2012 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) poster art contest sponsored by Okefenokee Technical College.  Mrs. Callahan (back) congratulated art winners Colton Haire (L to R), Reason Cunningham, and Tabitha Carter.

MAW 2012

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Pierce County High School students Caleb Boatright (left) and Jena Callahan (middle) submitted a t-shirt design for the 2012 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) art contest. Both students were recognized by Okefenokee Technical College for their talent. PCHS visual arts instructor Kim Smith congratulated Caleb and Jena for their creativity and outstanding work.

MAW 2012

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Approximately 1,000 students from around the state submitted design entries in the 2012 MAW student design contest featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products. Elementary school students competed in the placemat category, middle school students designed posters, and high school students created t-shirt insignia. All entries were on display during the Governor’s MAW Luncheon at Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta April 19. Shown are two of the many display boards that filled the Convention Center hallway.

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