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Okefenokee Tech Nominates Manufacturers for Award

Okefenokee Technical College has nominated seven area manufacturers for the statewide Manufacturer of the Year award. Those nominated in the small (150 or fewer employees) and medium (151-749) categories are: BWay Corporation (Homerville), VOITH (Waycross), D. L. Lee & Sons (Alma), Clayton Homes (Waycross), Milliken & Company (Alma), Lang Bar-B-Q Grills (Nahunta), and Carolina Skiff (Waycross).

A luncheon honoring the 2006 Manufacturer of the Year winners will be held on Thursday, April 20, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta. Governor Sonny Purdue will present the three top manufacturers (one from each category – small, medium, and large) with an elegant handcrafted sculpture. All nominees are invited to attend the luncheon.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) was developed by the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (formerly the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism). Manufacturing Appreciation Week for 2006 will be celebrated April 17-21, 2006.

The awards luncheon is the culmination of Manufacturing Appreciation Week. Activities planned during MAW week are meant to bring attention to this significant component of Georgia’s economy. Organizers hope to make everyone realize the following points: (1) Manufacturing is vital to Georgia's economy; (2) Nearly 10,000 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing jobs for approximately 450,000 Georgians; (3) Manufacturing accounts for almost 10 percent of the employment in our state; Georgia's manufacturing operations include a variety of industries, such as transportation, equipment, aerospace, computers and electronics, food, paper, metal fabrication, textiles, and plastics.

Winners of the statewide student design contest will also be announced at the luncheon. Students from across Georgia are asked to submit artwork depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. From these, three winners are chosen in the following categories: placemats (elementary school students), posters (middle school students), and t-shirts (high school students).

Okefenokee Technical College submitted student designs from this year’s local entries to the state competition. The governor of Georgia will present the winners with a certificate and a check for $500. The design contest is intended to promote awareness of this vital economic sector among Georgia’s students.

This year’s sponsors include BellSouth, Georgia Power, the Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute, Pattillo Construction, and Habif, Arogeti, and Wynne, LLP.

In addition to the state MAW event, a local ceremony will be held on April 25, 2006, to honor the area manufacturers in Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, and Ware counties. The Bacon County Development Authority, Brantley County Development Authority, Clinch County Development Authority, Okefenokee Area Development Authority, and Okefenokee Technical College are sponsoring a luncheon and awards ceremony at the historic Rail Depot in downtown Waycross at 11:30 a.m. All area manufacturers are invited to attend. For more information, please call 283-2112.


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