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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Northwest Chapter of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance Leading the Charge for Manufacturers in the State

Atlanta, GA – The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Northwest Chapter.  This chapter will cover the territory east of Interstate 75 and north of Interstate 20. Ms. Gail Moore is the North West Chapter Director for GMA and the co-founder of Custom Plastics and More.  Her company offers innovative solutions in plastic part fabrication, product design, project management, and secondary operations for a wide range of industries.

“We are seeing significant growth in manufacturing in our area and are excited to launch the Northwest Chapter of GMA,” said Gail Moore.  “The enthusiasm and support from local manufacturers and surrounding suppliers has been energizing, and we look forward to seeing our group solidify.”

The Northwest Chapter launched its first meeting with a Coffee and Connections Networking group and a tour of Fulfillment Strategies International in March.  They also had a tour of Seasons 4 in April and have 2 tours planned on May 17th which will highlight manufacturers in Buchanan, GA.

Chickmate Plant Tour   •   May 17   •   Buchanan (Morning Tour)

Chickmate feeders came from an idea by a progressive thinking farmer, Pat Awalt, who noticed a crack in the feed line and saw feed dropping onto the floor. He developed a more efficient method of feeding baby chickens and invented a baby chick feed dispenser that “automatically” feeds the young birds. Manufactured from high-quality plastics, Chickmate manufacturers 7 models of feed dispensers and 3 feed pan models for commercial chicken houses and are distributed worldwide.  Attendees will see the complete process of injection molding from raw material to finished product.

MCL Industries Plant Tour   •   May 17   •   Buchanan (Afternoon Tour)

MCL Industries has over 35 years of converting standard materials, custom co-extrusions, and multi-layered laminations.  MCL Industries uses unique combinations of laminating, die cutting, coating, and printing to meet a broad range of demands for electrical, automotive, consumer, industrial, and medical products. In addition to specialty die cut and fabricated parts, they offer raw material consulting, and new product design/development.

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance invites local manufacturers and suppliers to attend these tours to understand the important services they offer and the economic impact they have in our state.   For registration information, please visit: https://www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/events/

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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and Georgia Manufacturing Job Board 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 www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Buy from Georgia Month planned for June 20 at Capitol with Gov. Deal

Atlanta, GA – On June 20, 2018, Governor Nathan Deal will present the “Buy from Georgia” month proclamation to the members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance and manufacturing leaders from across the state. This will be 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.
Studies show that the average consumer cannot name three things that are made in their state. Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has developed a tool that helps connect the general consumer to products manufactured in Georgia. The www.BuyFromGA.com website features over 1,000 items that are manufactured in our state and consumers can purchase these products via this site using their Amazon account.
“Based on the rapid shift of consumers away from retail shopping, we developed the www.BuyFromGA.com website,” said Mr. Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “Since Amazon is the most successful and trusted online resource, shoppers who purchase through the www.BuyFromGA.com website receive all of the benefits of shopping through Amazon while supporting jobs and manufacturers in Georgia.”
Over 380,000 people are employed in the 9,500 manufacturing facilities in Georgia. Thousands of jobs are directly impacted as a result of educating consumers about the importance of buying Georgia made products. Some examples of products that are featured on www.BuyFromGA.com include: Ameriglo, Brawny Paper Towels, Bridgestone Golf Balls, Claxton Fruit Cakes, Clorox, Duracell Batteries, Hostess Snacks, Kumho Tires, HON Office Furniture, Okabashi Shoes, Primo Grills, Purina Dog Food, Quilted Northern Tissue, Savannah Bee Honey, SunnyD, Solo Cups, Wrigleys Gum, and Zoom Fishing Baits.
“June 20th will be a significant day for manufacturers in our state,” said Jason Moss. “We will continue to provide resources for our manufacturers to learn best business practices, connect with local suppliers, and promote their goods and services.”
To register for the Buy From Georgia proclamation event with Governor Deal, please visit: www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/events/2018-buy-from-ga-proclamation-with-governor-deal—atlanta- There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Press is encouraged to attend.
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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and Georgia Manufacturing Job Board 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 www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Ashley K. Bush, Southwire, 770-832-4577, 678-684-7634

email: ashley.bush@southwire.com

Southwire, Carrollton’s 12 for Life hosts annual graduation ceremony

Carrollton, GA – May 10, 2018: On Thursday, May 10, 12 for Life® held its annual commencement ceremony, celebrating eleven years since the program’s inception in 2007.
12 for Life, a collaborative partnership that began between Southwire and Carroll County Schools in 2007, provides classroom instruction, on-the-job training, key work/life skills, mentoring and employment opportunities. Through 12 for Life, students are motivated to stay in school, graduate and move ahead to become successful, productive members of the communities in which they live.
190 students from Carroll, Haralson and Heard County Schools completed the requirements to receive their high school diplomas through the support of the Carrollton-area program. 12 for Life will recognize 388 graduates for 2018, including 43 students from the program’s Florence, Ala. location, 82 through the Great Promise Partnership and 73 from Textron Specialized Vehicles, Inc.’s Reaching Potential Through Manufacturing (RPM) program in Richmond County, Ga. These graduates mark a total of nearly 2,500 students who have completed 12 for Life to date.
“12 for Life creates possibilities for the youth in our communities,” said Kathleen Edge, executive vice president of Human Resources at Southwire. “The program provides resources and removes obstacles that would prevent students from achieving their highest potential. We are proud to celebrate our graduates once again and look forward to 12 for Life’s future.”
The 2018 ceremony was hosted at the Carroll County Schools Performing Arts Center. Attendees included students, teachers, families, school system representatives, Southwire employees, key government leaders including Richard Woods, Georgia’s state school superintendent, community leaders and friends. Scott Cowart, superintendent of the Carroll County School System, thanked attendees for their support and spoke to graduates about leaving a legacy as they transition into the new stage of their lives.
“We are proud of our partnership with Southwire and other school systems, and we are grateful for the support from family, friends, teachers and mentors,” said Cowart. “To graduates, I want to remind you that this is a successful conclusion of a journey, and as you transition into the next stage of your life, it is important to remember that you are part of the 12 for Life legacy. I hope you are proud of that because we are extremely proud of each of you.”
The graduation event was led by Joel Grubbs, 12 for Life site supervisor for the Carroll County School System. The keynote address for the ceremony was presented by Ashley Jordan, department manager for Southwire’s North Campus facility and 2009 graduate of 12 for Life. Jordan told her inspiring story and encouraged graduates to use the experience they have obtained through the program as they move forward.
“After today, whether you decide to further your education, pursue a career with Southwire, serve our country or stay home and raise a family, know that 12 for Life is your foundation to success,” said Jordan. “You can use your drive to succeed to be whoever you want to be and achieve anything you want in life.”
In addition to the recognition of each graduate, several awards and scholarships were granted during the ceremony. The Academic Achievement Award, given to the student with the highest GPA in the program, was presented to Maria Hernandez Diego, Central High School. Christin Scales, Bowdon High School, and Mason Donoho, Temple High School, received the Endurance Award, and Nathan Denney, also from Temple High School, received the 12 for Life Standard of Excellence Award. The Leadership Award was presented to Dustyn Moore, a Haralson County High School graduate.
23 students were recognized as recipients of a Southwire Scholarship. The Harold H. Charles Memorial Scholarship was presented to Skyler Hewett, Central High School, and Bob Uglum presented the Kiwanis Club of Carrollton Golden K 12 for Life Scholarship to Breonna Taylor of Villa Rica High School.
Throughout their time at 12 for Life, many of the graduates also completed college courses and received certifications related to their chosen career pathways.
The ceremony closed with a musical performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Yennifer Perez-Mazariego and inspirational remarks by graduates Sierra Richoux and Justin Dobbs, who recited “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.
“I am so proud to be a part of 12 for Life,” said Richoux. “12 for Life has created opportunities for all of us. Regardless of the hand we were dealt, we have persevered through challenges and made it to today. We are the future of society, and I trust that you will choose to create your own path going forward.”
12 for Life will honor the graduates at its Florence location in an upcoming ceremony later this month.
• A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility cable products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit www.southwire.com.

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Contact:         Trevor Walden, Parks Hospitality Group, 919-861-2927

email: tw@parkshotels.com

Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville celebrates topping off

GREENVILLE, S.C. – May 8, 2018 –  Homewood Suites by Hilton, the award-winning upscale, all-suite hotel brand announced today the “topping off” of its new hotel in Greenville SC, signifying that thefinal beam has been placed and that the structural framework is complete. Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown is projected to be up and running by Q1 of 2019. The eight-story, 151-suite hotel developed and owned by Parks Hospitality Group, is located at 942 S Main St. in Greenville’s Historic West End, directly across from the Greenville Drive minor league baseball team.

“This topping off marks a milestone in construction at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown, and we are pleased to partner with Hilton to be part of the industry-first All Suites portfolio,” said Trevor Walden, VP Operation & Sales, Parks Hospitality Group. “Whether traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, guests will be able to enjoy the comforts of home with value-added amenities.”
When completed, the new Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown will provide fully-equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests will also be provided all the essentials needed for a comfortable and convenient stay including complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and grocery shopping service.* Travelers can unwind with an outdoor kitchen with grill area, outdoor pool and sports court, and 9,000 Sq. Ft. of joined retail space with outdoor seating.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown participates in Hilton’s award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app, where Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key.
Read more about Homewood Suites by Hilton at www.homewoodsuites.com  and www.news.homewoodsuites.com.
*Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.
About Homewood Suites by Hilton
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand with more than 455 locations in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, is an award-winning leader. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for an extended or quick overnight stay, Homewood Suites offers inviting, generous suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully-equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include: complimentary internet, a daily full hot breakfast, and complimentary evening socials every Monday – Thursday. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi, and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app. Homewood Suites is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or news.homewoodsuites.com.

About Parks Hospitality Group

Parks Hospitality Group owns and manages six hotels in North Carolina and Tennessee employing over 250 associates.  They currently have hotels in development in Raleigh, NC and Greenville, SC and are proud franchisees of affiliates of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Hilton Worldwide and Marriott International. For more information please visit www.parkshotels.com.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Georgia Manufacturing Alliance provides Amazon training to help consumer product manufacturers

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance is providing a unique training resource to help manufacturers of consumer-based products improve their product listings on Amazon. Held May 22 from 7:30am – 9am at The 1818 Club in Duluth, GA, this upcoming educational series guides manufacturers in launching new products and gaining more visibility for existing lines.

Steven Pope, known as “My Amazon Guy”, will teach attendees how to launch products on Amazon and accelerate sales and growth through advertising, listing optimization, and logistics. He has helped more than 50 brands obtain their goals. He grew his own business, Fine Occasion, to 500k annual sales and has extensive corporate experience working as an eCommerce Director and Marketing Manager.
“Manufacturers need to sell directly to the consumer on Amazon,” said Steven Pope. “Selling on Amazon isn’t easy, but this seminar will help manufacturers navigate the Amazon jungle. This video link will share more details about this upcoming event: https://youtu.be/bcsIYeSL2wM.

The breakfast seminar, “How to Sell on Amazon – Launching Products and Increasing Sales”, will cover hot topics such as:
* How to launch products on Amazon
* Marketing on Amazon to increase sales
* Overcoming the complications of selling on Amazon.
To register for this event: https://www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/events/how-to-sell-on-amazon-breakfast-seminar
AGENDA
7:30 – 8:00 am          Registration, Breakfast, Buy From Georgia Program
8:00 – 8:30 am          How to Launch & Sell Your Products on Amazon
8:30 – 9:00 am          Wrap Up and Q& A
“In support of the upcoming Buy From Georgia Program, we are helping our manufacturers take advantage of ecommerce by highlighting their products on Amazon,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We currently have a 1,000 items that are made in Georgia on our BuyFromGa.comwebsite. By educating manufacturers about the power of Amazon, we hope to add to this growing list and to boost sales of consumer-based products that are made in our state.”
ABOUT GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGa website 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  http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Joint Industry Association of Georgia United to support Georgia Logistics Summit and MODEX

Atlanta, Ga — The Joint Industry Association of Georgia (JIAG) highlighted their collaborative partnership at an exhibit during this year’s Georgia Logistics Summit and MODEX. Held April 9 – 12th at the Georgia World Congress Center Building, this joint effort showcased 7 industry leading associations serving various segments within the manufacturing industry and the end-to-end Supply Chain community.

The 7 Industry organizations that were involved in the JIAG effort were:

APICS Atlanta – American Production and Inventory Control Society

BVL – Bundesvereinigung Logistik (German-based Logistics and Supply Chain Management Association)

CSCMP – Council of Supply Chain & Management Professionals

ISM – Institute for Supply Chain Management

GMA – Georgia Manufacturing Alliance

TCA – Transportation Club of Atlanta

WERC — Warehousing Education and Resource Council

“We look forward to continuing to foster relationship building and collaborative programming among each of these 7 organizations, as well as many others in the months to come,” said Scott Luton, APICS Atlanta president. “Not only is this heightened partnership good for the organizations and their respective members, but ultimately it better serves this industry in Georgia, — the #1 state to do business for 5 years running.”

The Joint Industry Association of Georgia (JIAG) was founded by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance to help facilitate better communication between industry association and their members. Through this strategic partnership, each group benefits by leveraging their strengths to increase membership and growth and event promotion throughout the state.

“By working together with events like The Georgia Logistics Summit and MODEX, we have developed a community of support for the manufacturing industry,” said Jason Moss, the CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “Through this joint effort, the Georgia Manufacturing Calendar was created to help busy professionals in the manufacturing community quickly locate and register for industry events across the state.”

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a professional 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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGA.com website are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Jessie Bland, Georgia Peanut Commission 229-386-3472,

email: jessie@gapeanuts.com

Georgia Peanut Commission referendum passes by 94 percent — highest ever

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission’s 2018 referendum was held March 16 through April 16 and received reaffirmation with a vote of 94.02 percent, the highest the commission has received in its nearly 57-year existence. Armond Morris, peanut farmer from Tifton, Georgia, and GPC chairman, is proud to know his fellow peanut farmers have confidence in the commission and its activities.

“I am thankful our board and staff have been able to work in the areas of research, promotion and education of peanuts, as well as support efforts in Washington to maintain legislation that is helpful for peanut farmers; which in turn, continues to allow us to provide a healthy, nutritious product for consumers,” Morris said. “Agriculture is Georgia’s No. 1 industry and we are proud our farmers contribute more than $2.2 billion to the state’s economy with the hard work they produce on their farm.” Morris encourages any peanut farmer who has concerns, comments or suggestions on the activities of commission to contact the GPC office at 229-386-3470.

As required by Georgia state law, the state’s peanut farmers vote on the commission every three years. The ballots were mailed to peanut growers the week of March 16 and the Certified Public Accounting firm of Allen, Pritchett and Bassett counted the ballots returned on April 25.

“I am humbled by the support of peanut farmers in Georgia,” Don Koehler, GPC’s executive director said. “We will never forget the trust our farmers place in us and do not ever take it for granted.”

Georgia peanut farmers invest $2 per ton annually to the commission to be used in the program areas of research, promotion and education. For additional information on the Georgia Peanut Commission and its activities, visit www.gapeanuts.com.

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Contact:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

Cell: 404-387-0624; email: ahenderson@gmanet.com

Springsted joins GMA’s Business Alliance Program

ATLANTA – The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is pleased to announce that Springsted has joined the GMA Business Alliance Program. The program is intended to connect companies with municipal leaders to share knowledge and expertise to strengthen Georgia’s cities and support the mission of GMA.

Springsted is an independent public-sector consulting firm that provides financial advisory, organizational management, operational finance, economic development, human resources and investment services to state and local governments and public agencies across the nation. Springsted opened its Atlanta regional office in 2017 and now serves clients in the Southeastern United States.

“We are very excited to partner with the Georgia Municipal League through its Business Alliance Program” said Dave MacGillivray, Chairman of the Board of Springsted. “GMA and Springsted share a common goal of supporting Georgia cities through a variety of programs and services. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

“We value the commitment and expertise that Springsted and other companies bring to our organization,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “The Business Alliance Program business members and GMA’s combined efforts provide our municipal members with additional resources and information to help them operate their cities and provide the best services to their residents and businesses.”

About GMA:

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

About Springsted:

Founded in 1959, Springsted offers a portfolio of services to public sector clients across the United States. Springsted’s 70 employees serve its clients from its headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota and from regional offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado, Des Moines, Iowa, Kansas City, Missouri, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Richmond Virginia. The company is organized under six practice groups: public finance, operational finance and fiscal planning, housing and economic development, organizational management and human resources and investment services. For more information on Springsted visit www.springsted.com or call (800) 236-3033.

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Contact: Helen Taylor, Beasley Allen, 334-495-1169, 334-201-2311, helen.taylor@beasleyallen.com

Opioid lawsuit filed by Beasley Allen on behalf of Catoosa County

Beasley Allen is filing lawsuits on behalf of governments against opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging economic losses resulting from the opioid crisis

MONTGOMERY, ALA. (April 10, 2018) – Beasley Allen has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors on behalf of Catoosa County, Georgia, alleging the marketing of these drugs contributed to the creation of the opioid epidemic, a public health and safety crisis. Responding to the opioid crisis has required Catoosa County to sustain economic damages and to continue to bear a significant financial burden. Catoosa County is represented by Beasley Allen lawyers Rhon E. Jones, who is head of the firm’s Toxic Torts Section, Rick Stratton, Jeff Price, Will Sutton and Ryan Kral, along with local County attorneys Clifton M. “Skip” Patty, Jr. and C. Chad Young of Patty & Young Attorneys at Law, LLC.

Beasley Allen has filed similar lawsuits on behalf of a number of Alabama municipalities, as well as Sumner County, Tennessee. The firm also is representing the State of Alabama in its opioid lawsuit against Purdue Pharmaceuticals.

“The pharmaceutical industry lied to the American public when it flooded the market with highly addictive opioids,” said Jones. “The industry’s unrestrained greed created an opioid epidemic that continues to unfold across the nation. Local resources have been stretched beyond many local governments’ limits, costing them a total of $504 billion dollars annually as they fight the complex and multifaceted problems that accompany opioid addiction.”

“Catoosa County has been held in opioid’s tight grip, draining our local resources all because of the pharmaceutical industry’s greed,” Young said. “We want the industry to know that you cannot hide any longer. It is time that you pay for ripping apart families and communities and for leveraging your untold fortune on the backs or hard-working taxpayers.”

“Thanks to Big Pharma, between 1999 and 2014, prescription opioid deaths increased tenfold in Georgia,” Patty said. “It has landed us as the 11th state in the country for the most prescription opioid overdoses. Local governments have triaged the victims and have begun to rebuild after the opioid epidemic took their communities by storm. Now they are seeking justice and reparation from those responsible for the epidemic.”

Economic damages resulting from the opioid epidemic include costs for providing medical care, therapeutic care and treatments for patients suffering from opioid-related addiction or disease, including overdoses and deaths; costs for providing counseling and rehabilitation services; costs for treating infants born with opioid-related medical conditions; public safety and law enforcement expenses; and care for children whose parents suffer from opioid-related disability or incapacitation.

In 2016, Catoosa County had an opioid prescription rate of 116.1 for every 100 people. Nationally, opioids are responsible for killing more than 183,000 people since 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2016 alone, 42,000 people in the U.S. died from opioid overdoses.

Defendants include Purdue Pharma L.P.; Purdue Pharma, Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Company, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, LTD.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Johnson & Johnson; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. n/k/a Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. n/k/a Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Noramco, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Allergan PLC f/k/a Actavis PLS; Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. n/k/a Actavis, Inc.; Watson Laboratories, Inc.; Actavis, LLC; Actavis Pharm a, Inc. f/k/a Watson Pharma, Inc.; Mallinckrodt plc; Mallinckrodt LLC; McKesson Corporation; Cardinal Health, Inc.; and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation.

The complaint is filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division.

About Beasley Allen Law Firm

With offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama, Beasley Allen is comprised of more than 70 attorneys and 200 support staff. Beasley Allen is recognized as one of the largest and most successful Plaintiffs law firms in the country, with verdicts and settlements in excess of $26 billion.

Beasley Allen’s handling of key cases with far-reaching effects has obtained justice for those injured from defective General Motors ignition switches and Takata’s exploding airbags, Gulf Coast states devastated by the BP oil spill, and countless consumers injured or killed by defective drugs and medical devices, including Vioxx. It has even taken on giant pharmaceuticals such as Johnson & Johnson for deceptively marketing its talcum powder, which is linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer. The firm has challenged the predatory lending industry that often preys on minorities, economically disadvantaged and the elderly. It has exposed corporate fraud such as the VW emissions cheat scandal, Exxon Mobile’s violation of leases in Alabama (cheating the state out of millions in taxpayer dollars) and recovered millions of dollars lost by state Medicaid agencies as a result of fraudulent price reporting by the nation’s largest drug manufacturers.

The firm’s founder, Jere Beasley, is included in the Lawdragon Hall of Fame and five Beasley Allen attorneys have been named to the Lawdragon 500 over the years. Beasley Allen was one of only 12 firms in the nation named by Law360 to its inaugural Most Feared Plaintiffs Firms list. The firm was included on the National Law Journal Midsize Law Firm Hot List two years, the NLJ Elite Trial Lawyers List in 2014 and most recently three of the firm’s 2016 verdicts, involving talcum powder ovarian cancer litigation, were included in the NLJ Top 100 Verdicts. For more information about our firm, please visit our website at www.beasleyallen.com.

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Contact:         Christina Conner, Christina.conner25@uga.edu

Award-winning chef and farmer Dan Barber to speak at UGA on future of food and sustainability

Dan Barber, chef and national farm-to-table and sustainable food systems advocate, will deliver a lecture, “What Kind of Menu will Meet the Challenges of the Future? Exploring a New Recipe for Good Food from the Ground Up,” at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries on Tuesday, April 10.

Barber has received multiple James Beard Foundation awards and built a reputation as a chef and farmer. He is a co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, the latter of which was recognized by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy as No. 11 on their list of the world’s best restaurants. He is also the author of “The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food” and has been featured in documentaries “Chef’s Table” and “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.”

Long intrigued by the link between the growing conditions on farms and the flavors he coaxes out of meat and produce, Barber has made it his mission to educate the public about the close relationship between cooking and agriculture.

Barber works with crop breeders and farmers to develop better tasting, more nutritious vegetable and grain varieties by bringing together heirlooms and the disease and insect resistance found in modern varieties. He founded Row 7 Seed Company, which brings U.S.-produced, certified organic, non-genetically modified and unpatented seeds to home gardeners or small- to midscale farmers at reasonable prices.

“Athens has been known for decades as a place where great bands are born and music thrives. Today, Athens has a growing reputation for innovative chefs and good food,” said Sam Pardue, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences dean and director. “Americans are now intently interested not just in fine food, but how their food is grown, processed and cooked. We are fortunate to have Dan Barber join us on campus to share his perspective on the future of our food system.”

The college will host the lecture from 2-3 p.m. on April 10 at the UGA Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Library, 300 S. Hull St., Athens, GA 30602.

For more information about the lecture, contact Regina Fitzpatrick at regina@uga.edu or 706-542-5046. To register, visit https://events.attend.com/f/1383784074.

More information about Row 7 Seed Company can be found at row7seeds.com.

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Contact:         Megan Estes, Georgia 811, 770-823-3936,

email: mestes@georgia811.com

Survey reveals nearly 40 percent of homeowners who plan to dig will put themselves at risk by not calling Georgia 811 first

Making a free call to 811 or submitting an online request at www.Georgia811.com before digging for home improvement projects – including landscaping or installing a mailbox – can prevent damage to underground utility lines and keep communities safe 

Duluth, Georgia (March 29, 2018) – In observance of National Safe Digging Month in April, Georgia 811 today announced results from a recent national survey. The results revealed that 36 percent of homeowners whop plan to dig this year for projects like landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox, or building a deck, pond or patio and other DIY projects, will put themselves and their communities at risk by not calling 811 a few days beforehand to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.
Digging without know the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs when gas, electric, communications, water and sewer lines are damaged.
The national public opinion survey of homeowners conducted in February by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the national association dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them, and their communities, also revealed that 47 percent of homeowners who plan to dig this year have no experience with the 811 call before you dig process. The most popular planned projects cited among surveyed homeowners include:
* Planting a tree or shrub (63 percent)
* Building a fence (35 percent)
* Building a patio or deck (28 percent)
* Installing a mailbox (16 percent)
“Tens of million of Americans plan to do DIY digging projects this year, but according to our survey, 36 percent of them admit they will not call 811 beforehand, which puts homeowners and their communities at risk,” said Megan Estes, Corporate Communications Manager, Georgia 811. “Completing a locate request online at www.Georgia811.com or calling 811 at least 48 hours before any planned home improvement projects  that require digging – like installing a mailbox or planting a tree – is critical to preventing incidents like service outages and serious injuries.”
CGA’s 1,700 members, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and Governor Nathan Deal have proclaimed April as National Safe Digging Month to bring extra attention to the issue of underground utility line safety and reduce the risk of unnecessary infrastructure damage.
As part of National Safe Digging Month, Georgia 811 encourages homeowners to take the following steps when planning a digging project this spring:
* Always submit a locate request at www.Georgia811.com or call 811 at least 48 hours before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity of the property.
* Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
* Confirm that all lines have been marked.
* Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
* If a contractor has been hired, confirm that Georgia 811 has been contacted. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
* Visit www.Georgia811.com for complete info.
An underground utility line is damaged once every nine minutes nationwide because someone decided to dig without first contacting 811, according to industry data collected by CGA. There are more than 20 million miles of underground utilities in the United States, per data compiled by CGA from various industry groups. That figure equates to more than one football field’s length (105 yards) of buried utilities for every man, woman and child in the U.S.
Everyone who contacts Georgia 811 either online or by calling 811 will be able to create a locate request where the excavator’s information is communicated to local utility companies. Professional locators will then visit the dig site to mark the approximate location of underground utility lines with spray paint, flags or both. Once a sites has been accurately marked, it is safe to beg digging around the marked areas.
About Georgia 811
811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilties and promoting public safety. Georgia 811 is a communication system, connecting member utility companies with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activity such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring and demolition. For more information, visit Georgia 811 on the web at www.Georgia811.com.
About CGA
CGA is a member-driven association of nearly 1,700 individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to North American underground infrastructure by promoting effective damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to underground facilities in North America through shared responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information, visit CGA on the web at www.commongroundalliance.com.
About the study
SSRS conducted a national omnibus phone study between Feb. 21-25, 2018, on behalf of CGA. A total of 621 American homeowners ages 18+ were asked for their opinions on home and property improvement project topics. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3.71 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

PNC Bank joins Georgia Manufacturing Alliance in supporting manufacturers across the state

Atlanta, GA — The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is on the move with new members and sponsors joining their team as the excitement grows to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. PNC Bank continues its support as a Developer Sponsor of GMA, further aligning the company with the manufacturing community.

“GMA helps support a thriving manufacturing ecosystem across Georgia by providing a forum for sharing valuable ideas and offering access to relevant information, resources, educational and networking opportunities,” said Jason Carr, senior vice president and commercial market lead for PNC Bank in Georgia. “Through our sponsorship with the GMA, PNC has the opportunity to connect and share invaluable insights and knowledge with GMA’s members.”

In 2017, PNC Bank was recognized with nine Greenwich Excellence Awards in Middle Market Banking, including Overall Client Satisfaction. With more than 160 years of experience helping manufacturers optimize their performance, PNC’s local team works closely with Georgia’s manufacturers to bring a depth of experience and financial services expertise to the region’s communities.

“As a Main Street bank, PNC can help GMA members and manufacturers address their most critical challenges, including access to capital, efficient cash cycle management, and risk mitigation,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We are excited to have PNC’s support for the manufacturing community and their vision for developing educational programs designed to help our members have a better bottom line.”

About PNC Bank: PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a professional membership-based 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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGA website are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more please call 770-338-0051 or visit their website http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Joy Carter Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission 229-386-3690,

email: joycrosby@gapeanuts.com

Georgia Peanut Commission increases funding for research projects in 2018

Commission approves $581,896 in peanut research projects

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) board of directors has approved $581,896 in research project funding for the 2018-19 research budget year. This action was taken during the commission’s March board meeting. The research projects approved include 34 project proposals submitted from the University of Georgia and USDA Agricultural Research Service.

“As a peanut grower, I’m proud to invest in the Georgia Peanut Commission and in the future of the peanut industry by supporting research that continues to demonstrate a return on our investment. The peanut industry continues to grow in Georgia and from that growth we are able to increase research funding again for the 2018 year,” says Donald Chase, GPC Research Committee chairman. “We are proud of our partnership with research institutions in the state and are excited about the potential benefits of these projects for farmers in the state and the entire peanut industry.”

Georgia’s peanut growers invest $2 per ton annually toward GPC programs which includes research, promotion and education. The research programs primarily focus on peanut breeding, conservation methods, irrigation and water management, as well as, pests, weed and disease management.

Additionally, GPC manages funding for the Southeastern Peanut Research Initiative which includes research funding of $1,238,996 for projects in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. These projects are funded through the National Peanut Board checkoff dollars from farmers.

For additional information and a complete list of the research projects funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission visit www.gapeanuts.com.

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Contact:         Ashley K. Bush, Southwire, 770-832-4577, 678-684-7634

email: ashley.bush@southwire.com

Southwire to invest $9 million into workforce following tax reform

Company to offer bonuses and extended parental leave and will introduce new programs and industry partnerships

Carrollton, GA – March 26, 2018: Southwire, North America’s leading manufacturer of wire and cable solutions, recently announced that it will reinvest approximately nine million dollars back into the lives, and pockets, of its employees, joining a growing list of companies that have made similar moves as a result of recent tax reform. In addition to global, one-time employee bonuses, the company said that it is expanding its parental leave policy and taking steps to strengthen its commitment to education, skilled trade development, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and diversity in the workplace.

Full-time employees in the United States, with the exception of executives and upper management, will each receive a $1,000 bonus (USD), and full-time employees outside of the United States will receive an equivalent supplement. Part-time employees will also receive a bonus payment of $250 USD or an international equivalent. These investments will impact the majority of Southwire’s nearly 7,500 employees.

“Building organizational capability is one of the key components of our company’s strategy, and it is vital that we make the right decisions as we continually enhance Southwire’s great culture,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire’s president and CEO. “We’re off to a good start in 2018, and I am pleased to be able to share this benefit, both monetarily and through the extension of new and existing programs and partnerships, with the Southwire family.”

In addition to the one-time bonuses, Southwire will expand its parental leave policy to assist eligible parents.

“At Southwire, our desire is for all employees to focus on “The Whole You,” a concept which goes beyond standard benefits and provides access to resources that touch many aspects of an employee’s life,” said Kathleen Edge, EVP of Human Resources. “In doing so, we must offer programs and total rewards like these that reflect this commitment.”

Southwire will also offer a bridge scholarship program for eligible hourly employees seeking to further their education through a two-year degree, four-year degree or technical certification. The company also announced that plans are in the works to make strong investments into new and existing industry partnerships. The purpose of these investments is to accelerate the attraction of diverse candidates into Southwire’s manufacturing and STEM careers. More information on these new programs will be available soon.

“As we continue to grow, we’re also looking at significant modernization and safety improvement efforts into our manufacturing and distribution facilities,” said Stinson. “Our goal is to be a generationally sustainable business for the next century and beyond, and to get there, we must make considerations and investments like these. It is an exciting time to be part of Southwire!”

A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility products, OEM wire products and engineered products. In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. For more on Southwire’s products, its community involvement and its vision of sustainability, visit www.southwire.com.

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Contact:         Terri Statham, Georgia EMC

email: terri.statham@georgiaemc.com

Thomaston-Upson community launches Community Heart & Soul

Upson EMC to support two-year initiative

(THOMASTON, Ga., March 26, 2018)—Residents of the Thomaston-Upson community have launched Community Heart & Soul®, a unique community development program designed by the Orton Family Foundation to build stronger, healthier and economically vibrant communities.

“Congratulations to the Thomaston-Upson community. Not only is Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul the first in the state, the partnership between residents and the local electric cooperative, Upson EMC, represents an innovative alignment with potential to be a model for future projects,” said David Leckey, executive director, Orton Family Foundation. “Electric co-ops have long anchored their communities and have a vested interest in seeing their service areas thrive for the betterment of all their members. Partnering on resident-driven Community Heart & Soul is a natural fit.”

The Thomaston-Upson community (pop. 26,740) has been challenged by the departure of the textile industry, chiefly Thomaston Mills and B.F. Goodrich’s Martha Mills, which anchored the local economy throughout the 20th century.

“Our community has been through some hard times. We’re at the point where we are ready for positive change. We’re embracing what we have in common, and we’re going to involve everyone and really delve into what matters most,” said Jennifer Rogers, project coordinator, Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul.

The Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul program is a collaboration of local government, the Thomaston-Upson Chamber of Commerce and the Unite Upson Committee, chaired by Upson EMC President/CEO Neal Trice.

“Upson EMC is delighted to be a part of Thomaston-Upson Community Heart & Soul. We view our organization as a key partner in the community, and this unique program offers a way for us to work together with residents to engage everyone, recognize our strengths and achieve positive change,” said Trice.

Upson EMC is supported in the project by the Community Development team at Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), the statewide trade association that represents Upson EMC and 40 other electric co-ops across the state.

“I am honored to facilitate the first Community Heart & Soul program in Georgia,” said Jenny Robbins, manager of Georgia EMC’s Community Development team. “More importantly, Georgia EMC is delighted to support Upson EMC and the leaders of the Thomaston-Upson community. We look forward to watching all they will accomplish through this groundbreaking initiative.”

Community Heart & Soulwas developed by Orton as a catalyst for positive change in small cities and towns. By actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing, the resident-driven model helps build trust while taking into account the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there—a town’s “Heart & Soul®.” These collective insights guide a community in making the best decisions about its future.

Community Heart & Soul continues to gain momentum across the country. The addition of Thomaston-Upson brings the total number of communities that have engaged in Community Heart & Soul to 44 in 17 states including: Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Washington.

About Upson EMC: Incorporated in 1937, Upson EMC is a member-owned electric membership cooperative serving portions of six counties including Upson, Pike, Talbot, Meriwether, Crawford and Taylor. It has over 1,352 miles of line serving 9,102 meters and 6,800 members. Upson EMC is one of 41electric cooperatives in Georgia. Cooperatives in Georgia serve 1.4 million meters and nationwide serve 12 million meters.

About Georgia EMC: Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 electric cooperatives, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp. Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned co-ops provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Orton Family Foundation: The Orton Family Foundation is focused on building stronger, healthier and more economically vibrant small cities and towns across America. Founded in Vermont in 1995, the foundation devoted more than a decade to working with small towns to create a community development model that helps build trust and empowers residents to shape the future of their communities. Community Heart & Soul® projects are underway across the country creating positive change that is resident-driven and recognizes the value in the unique character of each place and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there.

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Contact:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

Cell: 404-387-0624; email: ahenderson@gmanet.com

New South Construction demonstrates commitment to cities through GMA’s Business Alliance Program

ATLANTA – The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is pleased to announce that New South Construction continues to showcase its commitment to the cities of Georgia as a 2018 GMA Business Alliance Program participating company. The program is intended to connect companies with municipal leaders to share knowledge and expertise to strengthen Georgia’s cities and support the mission of GMA.

New South Construction is a well-respected construction management firm known for unparalleled preconstruction services and delivering high-quality construction. In addition to corporate clients, their Local Government portfolio includes; courts, city halls, jails/public safety, parks, aquatic centers, city centers, theatres and sporting facilities.

“Local government is a significant and valued market for New South Construction,” said New South Vice President Rob Ragan.” We have been committed to GMA for a decade now and have assisted numerous cities in better understanding the construction market and potential cost of their respective projects. We believe early involvement is a win-win, and we would not be afforded this opportunity without the Business Alliance Program.”

“We value the commitment and expertise that New South and other companies bring to our organization,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “The Business Alliance Program business members and GMA’s combined efforts provide our municipal members with additional resources and information to help them operate their cities and provide the best services to their residents and businesses.”

About GMA:

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

About New South Construction:

From its founding in 1990, New South has gained the respect of some of the nation’s most well-respected names, including Emory University, Delta Air Lines, The Coca-Cola Company, and the Atlanta Braves, to trust them with their construction needs. Currently, New South has a diverse client portfolio that includes aviation, criminal justice, private clubs, local government, student housing, higher education, multi-family, senior living, industrial, religious, office, federal and tenant improvements. Twenty-eight years later, New South has expanded dramatically to over 200 employees and annual revenues of $300 million, yet continues to provide construction services to that original roster of clients.

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Contact:         Joy Carter Crosby, Georgia Peanut Commission 229-386-3690,

email: joycrosby@gapeanuts.com

Georgia Peanut Commission holds referendum March 16-April 16

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission will hold a referendum March 16 through April 16 giving peanut producers an opportunity to vote on reaffirming the commission. State law mandates that a referendum be held every three years. Georgia peanut producers invest $2 per ton to fund the commission and its research, education, promotion and communication programs.

The last referendum in 2015 passed with a 92.41 percent reaffirmation.

“I urge all peanut producers to vote in this referendum. Research, education, and promotion continue to be the core focus of the commission,” says Armond Morris, GPC chairman. “With continuing budget cuts at the federal and state level it is extremely important for growers to continue to focus their efforts on supporting research and promotional efforts through their checkoff dollars. One way for farmers to do that is by continuing their support of the Georgia Peanut Commission.”

GPC Executive Director Don Koehler urges producers to contact him by email at don@gapeanuts.com or 229-386-3470 if they have any questions about the commission’s activities or the referendum.

Peanut producers who do not receive a ballot may obtain one by calling the commission. The commission requests that anyone who receives a ballot but is no longer farming to write, “no longer producing” on the certification envelope and return it to the commission. This will assist the commission in updating its mailing list. The commission’s address is P.O. Box 967, Tifton, Georgia 31793.

The Certified Public Accounting Firm of Allen, Pritchett, and Bassett will count the votes.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Buy From Georgia initiative announced at ribbon cutting for Ga. Manufacturing Alliance’s new office

Lawrenceville, GA — Over 70 people came to celebrate the Ribbon Cutting at the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance’s (GMA) new headquarters in Lawrenceville, GA. GMA Members, Gwinnett Chamber, and Gwinnett County representatives came to show support for an organization that has been supporting the manufacturing community statewide since 2008. To learn more about their mission, watch this 4-minute video. https://youtu.be/vpjGvXUuCws

“Over the past 10 years, we have built a solid foundation of leaders statewide that will be able to support the imminent growth of manufacturing in Georgia,” said Jason Moss, founder and CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “We are excited about what the future holds for our members and the manufacturing community in our state.

Mr. Moss welcomed the guests with an announcement that the BuyFromGeorgia.com website has been redesigned to highlight over a 1,000 Georgia made products that can be purchased via Amazon. The refreshments at the event were products that can be bought on the site, including Coke, Combos, Hostess Snacks, Solo Plates, Starbucks K-Cups, SunnyD, and Wrigley’s Gum. A local bakery, Special Kneads & Treats, also provided assorted hand-crafted cupcakes for the GMA Ribbon Cutting. Special Kneads and Treats, Inc. is a nonprofit specialty bakery focused on providing Special Needs adults within the surrounding community a place to learn a skill and develop a sense of accountability and pride.

“We want to encourage everyone to support their local community and make a purchase on BuyFromGeorgia.com to help support and grow jobs in Georgia,” said Mr. Moss. “Shoppers who purchase through BuyFromGeorgia.com receive the benefits of shopping through Amazon for 1,000s of name brand and unique items that are produced in our great state,” added Moss.

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance will also be hosting tours highlighting consumer-based products manufactured in our state during the July. For the past 4 years, Governor Nathan Deal has presented the “Buy from GA” month proclamation to the members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance at the State Capitol each July to promote manufacturers and the goods they produce in Georgia.

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is a professional 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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, BuyFromGA.com website are additional resources produced by GMA. To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events, please call 770-338-0051 or visit www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Smith & Howard continues support for Georgia Manufacturing Alliance as producer sponsor

Atlanta, GASmith & Howard, a top Atlanta accounting firm, has signed on for a fourth consecutive year as a major sponsor of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA). “Smith & Howard is a key player in the manufacturing sector and we are excited to continue our strategic partnership with them as a Producer Sponsor,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “They have a committed team dedicated to keeping their clients and our members informed of regulations, reforms, and evolving trends that affect our industry.”

Smith & Howard’s continuation as a Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) sponsor is yet another indication of their commitment to the manufacturing community as a whole. Debbie Torrance, Partner and leader of the firm’s manufacturing practice said, “We are enthusiastic supporters of all that GMA is doing for Georgia’s manufacturing businesses. GMA’s education and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for those in this vital area of Georgia’s economy are unique and valuable.”

Smith & Howard has been working with manufacturers for over 45 years. They publish “Manufacturing Matters” a newsletter which provides industry specific updates throughout the year and keeps us up-to-date on the latest trends. Their team ensures clients receive advice, insight, and services that provide solutions and enable them to take advantages of opportunities in the US and global manufacturing markets. Complementing their manufacturing tax and audit services is their in-depth knowledge of available national and state tax credits that can benefit manufacturers. On the heels of recent tax reform, they offer a Tax Reform Hotline at 404-874-6244.

Debbie Torrance addressed tax reform at a recent GMA seminar on March 1st at the Georgian Club. Designed specifically for CEO’s and CFO’s the presentation covered what manufacturers need to know about the recently enacted tax relief legislation.  From pass-through treatment and corporate AMT to the elimination of the Domestic Activities Production Deduction and limitations on interest deductibility, there is much to plan for 2018 and beyond. Hot topics of discussion were: Business Tax Law Changes * Choice of Entity Considerations * International Aspects of Tax Reform * Financial Statement Changes and Individual Tax Law Changes.

About GMA: Founded in 2008, The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has 5 regional chapters across the state and helps their members and sponsors make profitable business connections in the manufacturing community. GMA hosted over 115 events last year including plant tours, networking events and educational workshops. 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 www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Ga. Manufacturing Alliance offers educational sessions focused on building growth and success

Atlanta — With the ever-changing environment in the manufacturing industry, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) delivers educational workshops that provide valuable content for each employee level. The upcoming educational series highlights hot topics addressed by well-known and respected industry experts. Some of the sessions for this year include:

International Manufacturing Lunch & Learn March 27 Alpharetta

Wondering how to start planning and tapping into international opportunities? Coordinating an international product launch or outreach effort?  Ready to jumpstart in-country distributors and/or maximize existing global activity? Join us for our international manufacturing group lunch & learn to discuss best practices, common pitfalls, and local resources to help you open doors and/or expand your global efforts. Lead by Joanne Sanders, our International Manufacturing Liaison, this session will provide practical advice to help you EXPLORE GLOBAL.

Manufacturing Safety: Building a Safety Culture April 26 • Roswell

Safety Culture is both a journey and a destination.  How do you know if you have arrived?  What practices can you implement to help in your journey?  What assessment tools are most effective in determining if your program is on the right path?  We will address all this plus: Safety Climate vs Safety Culture • How to measure your safety culture • Ways to start or improve safety culture • When have you arrived • Continuous improvement • 2018 OSHA update

ABOUT GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGa website 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 http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.

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Contact:         Marjorie Dykes, Georgia Manufacturing Alliance, 770-338-0051,

email: marjorie@georgiamanufacturing.com

Veterans initiative created within Georgia Manufacturing Alliance 

Atlanta — The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance has chosen the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO) as their charity of choice for 2018. VEO provides housing and resources for veterans in transition and helps their residents complete their Self-Sufficiency Model. This program focuses on taking the “invisible veterans” off the streets and providing housing, treatment and recovery for addiction, medical care, mental health counseling, life-skills training and workforce development support. To learn more www.veohero.org.
“We are excited to partner with VEO as our charity of choice for 2018,” said Jason Moss, CEO of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance. “They have had a tremendous impact on the lives of veterans and their families in the Atlanta community.”

More than 300 guests attended their The Third Annual VEO Gala on February 17, 2018 at The Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta. The Atlanta community showed their support of veterans who are working hard to overcome the barriers they face to gain housing and employment. Guests were inspired by Tyler Bowser, who found himself homeless after returning from his service in the Airforce. Mr. Bowser successfully completed VEO’s Self-Sufficiency program and is now an ambassador for VEO.

“VEO is privately funded so we can provide unconditional support for the underserved veterans in our community,” said Mr. Bowser. “At our Gala, we were overwhelmed by the generous community support of VEO and the contributions from the Gary W. Rollins Foundation. It was a stunningly, successful evening and we were able to raise over $200,000 which will go to provide transitional support for our veterans.”

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance is continuing their support of Veterans through a page on their website that will help Veterans connect with other resources that are available in our community: https://www.georgiamanufacturingalliance.com/veterans-resources-and-programs. Their first Veterans Initiative’s Lunch & Learn, held at VEO on May 9th, will present a panel of speakers that will share some of these resources and bring awareness to VEO’s mission.

ABOUT GMA: The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (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, Georgia Manufacturing Calendar, and BuyFromGa website 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 http://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com

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Announcing: The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge

The first statewide program to support local governments across Georgia with seed funding, technical assistance and more as they plan and activate smart development 

ATLANTA—The Georgia Institute of Technology and its partners are excited to announce the launch of the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge (“Georgia Smart”), open to all communities in Georgia. Local Georgia governments of any size—cities, counties, or consolidated city-county governments—will lead selected teams. Georgia Smart will provide seed funding and access to technical assistance, expert advice, and a network of peers. A Georgia Tech researcher will assist and advise each team and conduct research in support of the community’s needs and goals.

Georgia Smart is the first program of its kind in the United States, bringing together an unprecedented coalition of university, industry, and public sector partners to support local governments in adopting cutting-edge technologies in their communities. The program is also unique in that it extends beyond large cities to smaller communities whose voices have not been as prominent in smart community development and who may not have access to technology resources.

“We’ve spent the past year in workshops and dialogue with local governments across Georgia to better understand their challenges and priorities. From these communications, we developed a program that is sensitive to the local context while fast-tracking smart communities. We aim to create more models for smart development that can be shared and applied across the state and beyond,” said Debra Lam, managing director, Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation at Georgia Tech.

Georgia Smart is seeking proposals in the areas of smart mobility and smart resilience. Each of the four winning teams will receive direct grant funding of up to $50,000, as well as additional funds for research and technical assistance with a required local match. Georgia Tech and its partners will then work with the winning teams throughout the year on implementing their proposals, creating four testbeds of smart community development.

The program is organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology in partnership with Georgia Power (lead sponsor), Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC, funding sponsor), Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Centers for Innovation, Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Metro Atlanta Chamber, and Technology Association of Georgia (TAG).

“Smart community opportunities can help local governments and the whole region address issues such as social justice, mobility, economic development, and many other important areas,” said Doug Hooker, executive director, Atlanta Regional Commission. “Community initiatives can be more successful through collaborative, people-focused approaches, and those qualities are what make the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge an important effort for the region.”

“The Georgia Smart Communities Challenge is a great team effort that utilizes state expertise, technology and leadership to help communities compete in economic development,” said Pat Wilson, commissioner, Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Through our Centers of Innovation, we are able to work alongside many of our local and statewide economic development partners to make Georgia even more competitive and we believe that this challenge will certainly do just that.”

“Creating a better connected Georgia requires research and collaboration from many stakeholders across every layer of the public and private sector,” said Christine Primmer, strategic manager, Georgia Power Smart Cities initiative. “We are proud to be a leading partner in the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge as one component of our larger commitment to improving every community we serve while also building the future of energy with a more reliable and adaptive power grid.”

“TAG is proud to be supporting this great effort,” said Larry K. Williams, president and CEO, Technology Association of Georgia. “This vital initiative significantly expands our state’s ability to bring smart connectivity and leading-edge technologies to all of our communities—from urban hubs to neighborhoods to rural communities, creating next-generation links that can transform the way companies do business from any location and revolutionize the quality of life for all residents.”

“The Smart Communities Challenge is a great way for communities of all sizes to start thinking about how they leverage their public, private, and non-profit assets towards preparing for the future,” said Chris Clark, CEO, Georgia Chamber. “Businesses are moving at a rapid pace and our public institutions can now use these same technologies to improve quality of life for citizens in every part of Georgia. We’re excited to see the types of innovative ideas and initiatives that will come out of this challenge.”

“The Georgia Municipal Association is excited about this opportunity for Georgia’s cities to participate in the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge,” said Larry Hanson, executive director, Georgia Municipal Association. “It is imperative cities integrate data and technology solutions to tackle the challenges they face. The seed funding, technical assistance, and access to expert advice will lay the groundwork for the creation of smart communities across the state.”

“ACCG is a proud supporter of the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge and encourages county governments to participate in the initiative,” said Dave Wills, interim executive director, Association County Commissioners of Georgia. “This is an excellent opportunity for local governments to leverage funding and technical assistance to ignite smart community technology across the state.”

“The Metro Atlanta Chamber is proud to support Georgia Tech and the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge and thrilled to be one of the partners supporting this initiative,” said David Hartnett, Chief Economic Development Officer, Metro Atlanta Chamber. “We are honored to help bring smart city technologies to the rural areas of Georgia, helping to bridge the gap between cities and government and helping link local governments with cutting-edge university research.”

For more information about the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, including how to become a partner or submit a proposal, visit http://smartcities.gatech.edu/georgia-smart.

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Contact:         Amy Henderson, GMA 678/686-6226,

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Spatial Engineering joins GMA Business Alliance Program

ATLANTA – The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) is pleased to announce that Spatial Engineering, Inc., has joined the GMA Business Alliance Program. The program is intended to connect companies with municipal leaders to share knowledge and expertise to strengthen Georgia’s cities and support the mission of GMA.

Spatial Engineering, Inc., offers complete spatial data management which includes planning, design and implementation, data collection and integration, database management, customized training, on-site support, and web and application development. Spatial Engineering’s newest initiative, RightSpot, provides affordable GIS data management and maintenance for cities, counties and utilities.

“Spatial Engineering is about spatial data which includes GIS, CADD, and other data based on location,” explained CEO Richard Truluck. “My career has been filled with polar opinions that GIS and CADD cannot mix, cannot work together, and cannot coexist. I argue differently. At Spatial Engineering, we use GIS and CADD technologies concurrently with no data conversion,” continued Truluck. “No data conversion equals no data loss. That is what separates Spatial Engineering from everyone else.”

“We value the commitment and expertise that Spatial Engineering and other companies bring to our organization,” said GMA Executive Director Larry Hanson. “The Business Alliance Program business members and GMA’s combined efforts provide our municipal members with additional resources and information to help them operate their cities and provide the best services to their residents and businesses.”

About GMA:

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

About Spatial Engineering:

Founded in 2000 by CEO Richard Truluck, P.E., Spatial Engineering, Inc., is located in Rincon, Georgia, and comprised of highly talented engineering and technology professionals. Spatial delivers Geographic Information System (GIS) products covering numerous projects from single utility updates to local storm water data management to regional asset management. Spatial clients include local municipalities and the Department of Defense.

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