During Manufacturing Appreciation Week, Gov. Nathan Deal announced three companies chosen as the state’s 2017 Manufacturers of the Year. Flowery Branch-based King’s Hawaiian Bakery East, makers of sweet dinner rolls, was selected in the category of 500 or more employees; Great Dane Trailers in Statesboro, which produces refrigerated trailers, won the 150-to-500-employee category; and Newnan’s Grenzebach Corp., an international high-tech company, took the top award in the category of 150 or fewer employees.
“We honor these winners for their excellence and for their contributions to our state’s economy and their local communities,” said Deal. He noted that Georgia is home to more than 10,000 manufacturing facilities providing roughly 386,600 jobs and contributing more than $100 billion to the state economy annually.
For 23 years, Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia has been celebrated with an awards luncheon. This year’s April event also included presentation of scholarships to winners of the annual MAW Student Design Contest. The contest promotes awareness of manufacturing careers among K-12 students. The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the Georgia Department of Economic Development and Georgia Quick Start hosted the event.
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Featured photo: Mark Taira, CEO of King’s Hawaiian Bakery East
Photos courtesy of TCSG.