First Ever Georgia Manufacturing Expo Awards Successful

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GME announces the winners of the GME Awards and wraps up the success of the second annual Georgia Manufacturing Expo.

First winners of the GME Awards

Winners from the first GME Awards

The response coupled with the growth shows that we are making progress..

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle not only delivered the keynote speech at the first Georgia Manufacturing Expo Awards, he also presented the first ever Plant Manager of the Year Award to Victor Williams of Intelligent Switchgear Organization, LLC. Four Frontline Leadership Awards were also presented to Patricia Tench of TenCate, Steve Garret of Ryerson, Tom Holmes of DIRTT, and Christian Smedberg of Osbourne Wood Products.

The GME Awards were held during this year’s Georgia Manufacturing Expo in mid-June and these four men, and one woman, have the distinct honor of being the program’s first winners. It is the only manufacturing awards program in Georgia that recognizes the people of the manufacturing industry. From the 22 total nominations these 5 outstanding manufacturing employees were chosen.

GME Founder Jason Moss boasts there were over 200 attendees at the GME Awards breakfast, which was sponsored by Hire Dynamics. “I think for our first time we had a pretty good turn out,” said Moss. “The response that this awards program received coupled with the growth of the expo itself, shows that we are making progress at putting the spotlight on the best of Georgia’s manufacturing people, products, and plants.”

The rate of participation from sponsors and exhibitors grew by fifty percent. First time exhibitors like Okabashi commented on the expo via Facebook saying “We had a great time…at the Georgia Manufacturing Expo! Thanks to everyone that helped make the event a success!”

GME has already begun planning for next year’s EXPO. Nominations for the next GME Awards are open. Pictures from the awards ceremony and from the EXPO can be found on GME’s Facebook page.

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