Movers & Makers Awards Honor Gwinnett’s Manufacturing and Supply Chain Companies

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Delta Air Lines President, Ed Bastian, delivers keynote address at awards ceremony

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) March 28, 2013— The community and economic development initiative, Partnership Gwinnett, announced the winners of its second annual Movers & Makers Awards during this morning’s ceremony held at the Buford Community Center.

Georgia’s largest local awards event for Manufacturing and Supply Chain companies, the Movers & Makers Awards are the County’s annual recognition of exceptional companies involved in the manufacturing, processing, or distribution of tangible products. Eligible companies include those that have been in business for at least three years in Gwinnett County.

“Gwinnett County is a premier Manufacturing and Supply Chain hub in the Southeast. We are fortunate to sustain more than 37,000 high-quality jobs in these sectors,” stated Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “The Movers & Makers Awards recognize the contributions of these visionary companies and the role they play in the current success and future of this industry in Gwinnett and the nation.”

Local manufacturing companies honored at the event included:

Local supply chain companies honored at the event included:

  • Supply Chain Pioneer of the Year Award Winner: Rehrig Pacific
  • Green Supply Chain of the Year Award Winner: Ryerson

The Most Valuable Provider (MVP) Award honored Gwinnett Technical College for its excellence in service to the manufacturing and supply chain industries in the county.

“It is our pleasure to partner in hosting these prestigious awards, shining a spotlight on the valuable contributions these businesses and their leaders make to the economic vibrancy of Gwinnett County,” commented David McCulloch, Vice President of Economic Development for Gwinnett Technical College. “We are also honored to be named the Most Valuable Provider, recognizing our support of businesses through a wide range of education and training initiatives. We work in close partnership with many manufacturing companies and serve as the primary link between a business and a skilled workforce.”

In addition to recognizing these innovative companies, the event featured Keynote Speaker Ed Bastian, President of Delta Air Lines. “As one of the world’s largest international airlines, Delta serves more than 160 million travelers each year and understands the vital importance of logistics to the success of a business,” stated Bastian. “I am pleased to help recognize these innovative companies and their impact on the local economy, commerce, and community.”

Companies were awarded based on the following criteria:

  • Economic Impact: The company’s economic impact in the community relative to its peers, its ability to overcome challenges, and the number of years they have been located in the county.
  • Corporate Responsibility: Company sponsored community involvement and civic efforts, educational partnerships, and environmental and safety initiatives.
  • Workforce Excellence: Company sponsored programs to enable employees to balance work and family life issues, support for employee education, and employee recognition programs.
  • For the two supply chain awards, nominees were additionally considered based on their performance in either supply chain innovation or supply chain sustainability.

Greg Mihalik, Suniva’s Vice President of Operations, commented, “We are honored to be the recipient of the Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award and recognized for our excellence in research, innovation and manufacturing. From our origins at Georgia Tech to becoming one of the world’s leading solar PV companies, we are a Georgia-grown company committed to delivering high-quality solar cells and solar modules to local, national, and international markets.”

Judges presiding over the awards included:

Global workforce solutions provider, Manpower, was the Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 Movers & Makers Awards. “As a leader in workforce solutions, we assist many companies around the world,” stated Beth Herman, Manpower Regional Vice President, Atlanta Metro. “It is always a pleasure to honor best practices that move the manufacturing and supply chain industries forward, and that—though training and workforce excellence—positively contribute to the national labor force.”

“The Movers & Makers Awards are designed to honor Gwinnett’s outstanding Manufacturing and Supply Chain companies, highlighting best practices within these industries, and we congratulate these exceptional winners,” stated Troels Adrian, Project Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett. “Every year, our terrific list of winners and nominees serves as a testament to the fact that Gwinnett County is home to some of the most innovative and competitive ‘movers and makers’ in the United States.”

For more information about the annual Movers and Makers Awards, please visit

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