Buy from Georgia Month Proclamation Presented to the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance from Governor Deal at the State Capitol on June 20th

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12 plant tours of consumer-based goods made in Georgia planned for July

Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Receives the Buy From Georgia Proclamation

"This event raises awareness of goods manufactured in our state and shows consumers how they can play an active role in supporting local jobs by purchasing items that are made locally," said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance.

On June 20th Governor Nathan Deal presented the “Buy from Georgia Month” proclamation to the members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance and manufacturing leaders from across the state. This was the 5th year that the Governor has presented this proclamation at the Georgia State Capitol to promote manufacturers and the goods they produce in Georgia.

“This event encourages our business community to come together to rally around two simple but powerful ideas,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “It raises awareness of goods manufactured in our state and shows consumers how they can play an active role in supporting local jobs by purchasing items that are made locally.”

Studies show that the average consumer cannot name three things that are made in their state. The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has developed a tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia. The http://www.BuyFromGA.com website features 100s of items that are manufactured in Georgia that consumers can purchase using their Amazon account.

“Over 440,000 people are employed in the 10,000 manufacturing facilities in Georgia,” continued Moss. “Thousands of jobs are directly impacted as a result of educating consumers about the importance of buying Georgia made products. The Buy From Georgia initiative is critical to the economic vitality of our state, and we will be touring some of the factories that have products listed on the BuyFromGa website.”

Jason Moss and his team will be traveling across the state to highlight name brands that people may see in the store each day and not be aware that these products are supporting Georgia’s economy. A KIA Sorento was donated from Columbus KIA Motorsports as the official tour vehicle and was specially wrapped with the BuyFromGA.com theme to help promote Georgia Made Products.

The Tour Schedule includes:

1.    Scientific Games (Lottery Game Cards) • June 27 • Alpharetta

2.    Okabashi (Shoes) • July 10 • Buford

3.    Sherwin Williams (Paint Components) • July 16 • Covington

4.    Millennium Mats (Rubber & Carpeted Mats) • July 17 • Suwanee

5.    Club Car (Golf Carts) • July 20 •    Augusta

6.    Hon Company (Office Furniture) • July 23 • Cedartown

7.    Southwire (Wire & Cable) • July 23 • Carrollton

8.    Duracell (Batteries) • July 24 • LaGrange

9.    Savannah Bee (Honey) • July 26 • Savannah

10.    EmployAbility (Screen Printed T-shirts) • July 26 • Savannah

11.    Ghost Coast (Vodka & Whiskey) • July 26 • Savannah

12.    Daniel Defense (AR15 Rifles) • July 27 • Black Creek

“Once a consumer walks through a factory and observes the manufacturing process, they are forever changed as they gain a new appreciation for the men and women who make things,” said Moss. “I believe that by helping more people experience what manufacturing is all about, we will naturally elevate the perception of our industry and entice a larger portion of the available workforce to join the manufacturing community.”

About Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA):
GMA is a membership-based industry organization founded in 2008 to support Georgia’s manufacturing community. GMA provides monthly plant tours, educational sessions, tradeshows, and unique networking opportunities designed to help make profitable business connections for its members. The Georgia Manufacturing Directory, Georgia Manufacturing Summit, and Georgia Manufacturing Calendar are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website at http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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