Georgia Manufacturing Expo Gains Support from Gainesville Rotarians

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Georgia Manufacturing Expo gets business and community leaders of Gainesville to pledge to buy from Georgia.

Jason Moss with a Rotary Club member signing the Georgia Partner Pledge

Members were excited to sign the Georgia Partner Pledge and further the efforts of GME and the Rotary Club.

The members of our club were fully engaged in learning about how we can help our local employers increase their employment, strengthening our own communities in the process.

The Rotary Club of Gainesville is now backing the Georgia Manufacturing Expo. The more than 200 members club is the largest group to sign and support the Georgia Partner Pledge since its inception.

GME founder, Jason Moss, spoke to the Rotary Club about growing jobs in Georgia, a supporting theme in GME's platform. As GME aims to spotlight the best of Georgia manufacturing people, products, and plants it also works to tackle challenges the industry faces. Moss's presentation explained how supporting local manufacturers can better the neighborhoods that surround them.

"The members of our club were fully engaged in learning about how we can help our local employers increase their employment, strengthening our own communities in the process," said Bill Lightfoot, a Rotary committee chairman. "As a leadership club, most of the Rotarians are seasoned executives and community leaders." The Rotary Club of Gainesville, whose motto is "Service Above Self," has been working to improve the community since 1923.

During the presentation Rotary members signed the Georgia Partner Pledge, promising to support local manufacturers by buying Georgia made products first, when possible. Since GME introduced the pledge scores of consumers and business owners have pledged to buy from Georgia. GME's momentum is steadily growing as it continues a series of presentations and events in preparation for this year's Georgia Manufacturing Expo. Public events include touring local plants like ZF Industries, upcoming January 22, and Anheuser Bush on February 20.

GME's efforts to educate consumers on the benefits of buying Georgia made products are seeming to pay off. At each presentation Moss challenges attendees to name five or more products that are manufactured in Georgia. For the first time he met someone that was able to name more than ten items. Rotary Club member Chris Slate won a $100 cash prize after taking Moss's challenge.

"It's important that people know the good that the manufacturing industry has to offer," said Moss. "Quality products are made right here in Georgia, and there are great economic benefits from supporting local manufacturers."

The highlight of GME's year-round programming will be this year's Georgia Manufacturing Expo, taking place at the Gwinnett Center June 13 - 14. Hundreds of local and national companies will be showcasing their products and services made throughout Georgia. Registration for the Expo is currently open at You can also visit the site to learn more about the programs, tours, and other events GME will host.

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