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Manufacturers Council
It's that Time of the Year!
ARE YOU A MANUFACTURER IN THE VALDOSTA-LOWNDES COUNTY AREA SEARCHING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONNECT WITH PEERS?
The Manufacturers Council is the first step to an excellent connection.

The Council provide members with relevent information and advocacy to assist them in maintaining growth of their operations in the Valdosta-Lowndes area.

Please complete the form below to join.

PURPOSE

This Council serves as a platform in a confidential setting to provide dialogue, information exchange and networking exclusively for active manufacturing businesses in the Valdosta-Lowndes County Region who are Chamber members. It is all about manufacturing strategy – how to create jobs and become all the more competitive.

COMMITTEE

Brandon Raddatz, Chair
Bill Simmons (ADM)
Brent Beverly (Americal Drill Bushing)
Lee Crowder (Arizona Chemical)
Clinton Beeland (CJB Industries, Inc)
Ivan Caldwell (DuPont Crop)
Bill Kielma (Letica Corporation)
Greg Justice (Regal Marine)
Joseph Harrison (SAFT America)
Tom Carroll (Sunset Farm Foods)
Janet Martin (Wilkinson Textiles)

COMMITTEE ACTIVITIES

  • Quarterly Meetings
  • Business Retention Expansion Survey (B.R.E.P.)

FACTS ABOUT MANUFACTURING

…in the U.S.
•The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, producing 21 percent of global manufactured products
•Produces 11.2% of U.S. GDP
•Supports an estimated 18.6 million jobs in the U.S. (12 million or 9% of the workforce are employed directly in manufacturing)
•Performs half of all R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector

…in Georgia (Exports)
•Manufactured goods exports are the strongest part of Georgia’s economy
•Manufactured exports support 18% of manufacturing jobs
•86% of exports are small businesses
•NAFTA accounts for 24% of Georgia’s manufacturing export market

** Information provided by NAM (National Association of Manufacturers)

Manufacturer of the Year Award

The Manufacturer of the Year Awards is a unique chance for you, your team and your company to receive mass recognition for your achievements. This award recognizes the outstanding work done by a manufacturer that has made a meaningful economic impact, and demonstrates outstanding corporate citizenship and workplace excellence.

Previous Award Recipients Include:
2001Fortifiber (Formerly Firstline Corporation
2002iLevel by Weyeraeuser (Formerly Trus Joist)
2003Packaging Corporation of America
2004Bathcraft, Inc.
2005SAFT America, Inc.
2006ERCO Worldwide, Inc.
2007American Drill Bushing
2008Regal Marine Boats
2009CJB Industries, Inc.
2010DuPont Crop
2011Sunset Farm Foods

*Ineligible if recipient of award within last 5 years
*Must be a Chamber Member