The Movers & Makers Awards, presented by Jackson EMC, are the County's annual recognition of exceptional Gwinnett-based companies involved in the manufacturing, processing, or distribution of tangible products. The program was attended by over 300 of the County's community leaders and industry experts, and is the largest event of its kind in the state of Georgia.
"Gwinnett Technical College is committed to helping drive strong economic development and to serve as a workforce resource within the communities we serve. We are, once again, proud to partner with Partnership Gwinnett and recognize companies that excel as Movers and Makers," said Dr. D. Glen Cannon, President of Gwinnett Technical College.
"Manufacturing and supply chain organizations are an essential part of our local business community and economy," said Board of Commissioners Chairman, Charlotte Nash. "We're delighted to honor and show our appreciation for Gwinnett's best representation in these industries."
The three manufacturing winners for 2017 included:
- Small Manufacturer of the Year Winner (1-99 employees): KRAIBURG TPE
- Medium Manufacturer of the Year Winner (100-199 employees): Rehrig Pacific Company
- Large Manufacturer of the Year Winner (200+ employees): OFS
"We are honored to have been recognized by Partnership Gwinnett as the 2017 Small Manufacturer of the Year at this year's Movers and Makers Awards," said Jeff Frankish, Managing Director for KRAIBURG TPE. "We have found a tremendous amount of support from our community over the years and we look forward to our continued growth here in Gwinnett."
The two supply chain winners for 2017 included:
- Supply Chain Pioneer of the Year Award Winner: PAI Industries, Inc.
- Corporate Citizen Award Winner: NIDEC ELESYS AMERICAS
The Movers & Makers Awards also recognized the community's MVP, Most Valuable Provider, to the manufacturing and supply chain industries. This year, the award was presented to Burgess Manufacturing.
Companies were evaluated based upon criteria involving impact in the local community, corporate responsibility, and workforce excellence programs.
In addition to the awards presentation, attendees heard from Martin H. Richenhagen, President and CEO of AGCO Corporation, as he presented this year's keynote address. He spoke about the future of AGCO and the manufacturing industry, as well as how AGCO is incorporating new and innovative technologies into their operations.
"The Movers and Makers Awards is proof that Gwinnett County is a great place to not only conduct business, but one that offers these companies a place to grow and thrive," said Deven Cason, Project Manager, Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain, for Partnership Gwinnett. "Partnership Gwinnett is happy to recognize the great work that manufacturing and logistics companies are doing for our community and we congratulate the 2017 winners on their achievements."
For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.