Nominations Now Being Accepted for Partnership Gwinnett’s 2014 Movers & Makers Awards

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Rockwell Automation’s Blake Moret to Keynote March 6th Awards Ceremony

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) October 17, 2013 —Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, launched the third annual Movers & Makers Awards this evening. Nominations are now being accepted in six categories: Three “Makers” Awards honoring Manufacturers of the Year – Small, Medium, and Large; two “Movers” Awards honoring Supply Chain companies – Supply Chain Pioneer and Green Supply Chain; and one Most Valuable Provider (MVP), honoring an excellent service provider.

The event, attended by previous winners and judges, industry professionals, and community leaders, also served as a platform to announce Rockwell Automation’s Senior Vice President for the Control Products & Solutions Group, Blake Moret, as the Keynote Speaker for the March 6, 2014 Awards Ceremony.

“Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, works every day with customers around the world as they seek to become more productive and sustainable,” stated Moret. “I’m excited to see vital innovation coming from manufacturers and educators in Gwinnett County, to insure our manufacturing and supply chain industries remain globally competitive.”

To be eligible to win an award, nominees must have been in business at a physical address in Gwinnett County for at least three years. The 2013 winners were Tara Materials, Inc., Suniva, Inc., Ricoh Electronics, Inc., Rehrig Pacific, Ryerson, and Gwinnett Technical College.

David Twite, President of Tara Materials, commented, “Our involvement with the Gwinnett Chamber and participation in the Movers & Makers program has connected us to resources that have benefited Tara greatly. Winning the Small Manufacturer of the Year is a great source of pride for our employees and serves as external validation of their efforts. It’s also fun to drop that piece of info during a sales call!”

Applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Economic impact in the community and ability to overcome challenges;
  • Corporate responsibility through community involvement and civic efforts, educational partnerships, and environmental and safety initiatives; and
  • Workforce excellence through company sponsored programs, support for employee education, and employee recognition programs.

“Through the Movers & Makers Awards, manufacturing and supply chain companies are honored for their community involvement, innovative practices, and impact on the industry. We encourage all businesses to apply and receive the recognition they deserve for their growth and success in Gwinnett,” commented Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development.

To apply for the 2014 Movers & Makers Awards, complete the online application at All applications must be received by January 17, 2014 to qualify. Recipients will be announced during the annual awards ceremony, which will be held on March 6, 2014, from 8:00 – 10:00 am, at the Sonesta Gwinnett Place. All questions regarding the application process can be directed to Troels Adrian at All questions regarding the awards ceremony can be directed to Haley Stewart at

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