Georgia Manufacturing Expo Aims to Breathe New Life into Growing Sector

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The first Georgia Manufacturing Expo, to be held on June 8, 2013 in Lawrenceville, GA, aspires to educate the public of products made in the state, motivate positive purchasing decisions, and ultimately celebrate the manufacturing sector and it's renaissance.

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With reports filtering in about the success of manufacturing in 2013’s first quarter revenues, it’s apparent that manufacturing is continuing its renaissance in Georgia. The Georgia Manufacturing Expo, to be held on June 8th at the Gwinnett Civic Center, is positioned for maximum impact after bringing on organizations in both the private and public sectors (including Go Build Georgia, Georgia Grown, TAG and Georgia Power).

In an unprecedented effort to educate the public on locally manufactured products, the Georgia Manufacturing Expo seeks to connect Georgia manufacturing brands to the strong demographic of Georgia businesses and individual consumers who want to support job growth and locally manufactured products with their purchases.

Jason Moss, owner of NetworkingMFG, says, “Over the past two years I have offered to give a crisp new $100 bill to thousands of Georgia consumers if they could name just five products that are manufactured in Georgia. Most people can’t name more than a couple.”

The Georgia Manufacturing Expo will provide a tremendous consumer outreach opportunity, including a speech from Congressman Rob Woodall, who is a recent recipient of the National Association of Manufacturers’ “Friend of Manufacturing Award.”

The expo will also serve as a VIP advanced screening event for the “American Made Movie”, a documentary that explores the decline of the American manufacturing workforce and the important role consumers play in its recovery. Moss also adds that there will be giveaways of products and samples, including a Georgia-made Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress, courtesy of America’s Mattress.

While consumer education is at the heart of the Georgia Manufacturing Expo, the event will be divided into consumer products and Business to Business products to encourage Georgia businesses to use Georgia-made products as well. Moss believes that all Georgia manufacturers should work together to help improve the image the public currently holds of the manufacturing sector. “Manufacturing is cool and our next generation should learn about the opportunities that are available today and how they are developing into the future.”

The coordination team behind the expo will also be premiering the Georgia Manufacturing Product Directory, a free print and online guide to consumer and industrial products manufactured in Georgia, a week before the event via the Gwinnett Daily Post. Exhibitors and sponsors will have a premium listing in the directory. Sponsors and exhibitors include Impact Staffing, Mount Vernon Mills, Okabashi, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Serta, Southern Polytechnic State University, KD Manufacturing and others.

For more information or to become an exhibitor and to register to attend, please visit

The Georgia Manufacturing Expo will be held at the Gwinnett Civic Center from 10 a.m to 6 p.m, Saturday, June 8, 2013. Tickets are available on the Georgia Manufacturing Expo's website for free until May 31.

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