Six Local Winners Recognized at a Sold-Out Awards Ceremony
(Gwinnett– Metro Atlanta News) March 22, 2012- Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative driving the community’s last five years of economic success, announces the winners of its inaugural Movers and Makers Awards, honoring local Manufacturing and Supply Chain companies. Eligible companies include those that have been in business for three years in the County, and are involved in the manufacturing, processing or distributing of a tangible product.
Local Manufacturing companies honored at the inaugural event included:
- Small Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner (0-74 employees): FarraTech
- Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner (75-149 employees): Spectral Response
- Large Manufacturer of the Year Award Winner (150+ employees): WIKA Instrument Corporation
Local Supply Chain companies honored at the inaugural event included:
- Supply Chain Pioneer of the Year Award Winner: Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
- Green Supply Chain of the Year Award Winner: Rooms To Go
The Most Valuable Provider (MVP) Award honored Hire Dynamics for excellence in service to the manufacturing and supply chain industries in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta.
“We are thrilled to be recipients of the first Supply Chain Pioneer Award,” said William Rau, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating. “Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating has been fortunate to operate in Gwinnett County for the past two decades, and we are honored to be recognized as a leading supplier in the county. We look forward to continuing to expand our operations and to maintaining our economic growth in Gwinnett County for years to come.”
“Dynamic and progressive business leaders are essential to economic development, and Gwinnett is fortunate that so many of our manufacturing leaders are big-picture thinkers – committed not only to growing their own companies but also to the growth and advancement of the community as a whole. This is especially true of those honored by the Chamber’s first Movers and Makers Awards,” says Sharon Bartels, president, Gwinnett Technical College.
The event will recognize these innovative companies, and feature Jonas Prising as the keynote speaker. Prising is President of the Americas for ManpowerGroup, the global workforce solutions leader.
“Communities thrive when job creation is robust, and the Movers & Makers Awards are all about recognizing the local companies that are bringing jobs and attracting talent to Gwinnett,” said Lori Boatwright, Metro Sales Executive at ManpowerGroup. “ManpowerGroup applauds the innovative approach that Partnership Gwinnett has taken to elevate and grow the manufacturing and supply chain sectors in the region. By publicly honoring these valuable companies, as well as the talent behind their success, these efforts are contributing to the ongoing economic stability and future growth of the area.”
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.
Judges presiding over the awards included:
- J. Michael Gerster, President, WIKA Instrument Corporation (Note: Mr. Gerster recused himself from the deliberations regarding Large Manufacturer of the Year since WIKA Instrument Corporation was a contender for this award)
- Bill Ritsch, North Metro Atlanta Regional Manager, Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute Manufacturing Extension Partnership
- Page Siplon, Executive Director, Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics
Presenting Sponsor of the Inaugural Movers & Makers Awards was Jackson Electric Membership Corporation, one of the largest electric cooperatives in Georgia and the nation. “Jackson EMC is proud to support local manufacturing and supply chain companies through the Movers & Makers Awards,” said Randy Dellinger, District Manager, Jackson EMC. “Our electric power cooperative is committed to helping make the communities we serve better places to live- our support of economic development efforts and honoring outstanding local companies is just one way that we contribute to the pro-business environment and growth of Gwinnett and metro Atlanta at large.”
“We congratulate this year’s impressive winners and are excited that we can provide recognition and exposure for our amazing local businesses. This will further develop their competiveness and ultimately drive existing industry expansions and job creation,” said Troels Adrian, Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “The exceptional quality of the contenders for this year’s Movers & Makers Awards illustrates the fact that Gwinnett County is a major hub for advanced manufacturing and supply chain management – industries that utilize our excellent workforce and transportation infrastructure to compete in today’s truly global marketplace.”
For more information about the Movers and Makers Awards, please visit http://moversandmakersawards.com/.