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Thrush Aircraft announces 100 new jobs, features in ADEDC ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

April 26, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins - rhawkins@choosealbany.com - 229.434.0044

April 26, 2017

#MadeInAlbanyGA

 

Albany, GA - The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission announced today that Thrush Aircraft, an Albany manufacturer specializing in aerial application aircraft, would create 100 new jobs in Albany-Dougherty County to support the growing demand for the company's agricultural, patrol and forestry airplanes.

The announcement came at Thrush's campus during the monthly board meeting of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), which in September 2016 kicked off its existing industry tour and #MadeInAlbanyGA industry marketing campaign. The highly successful campaign focuses on an existing industry each month. Today, the Albany-Dougherty EDC launched its April segment featuring Thrush.

“Being ‘Made in Albany’ has helped enable Thrush’s success,” said Payne Hughes, president of Thrush Aircraft. “We see our job as being there to help our customers do their jobs better; success for one brings success for the other, and collaboration is necessary to make that happen. The same can be said for producing our airplanes in Albany. Thrush is proud of the expansions we have been able to accomplish with the help of the Albany-Dougherty EDC. We’re very excited about Thrush’s future in the aviation industry and in this community.”

Hughes says the expansion is due to worldwide growth in the agricultural equipment industry, along with the addition of two new product lines- the reproduction of a 700 gallon agricultural plane known as the Thrush 710, and a newly developed patrol model designed for military purposes.

Today there are more than 2,100 Thrush aircraft operating in some 80 countries around the world, most of which are the Thrush 510 model, powered by either the new GE H80 turbine engine or the Pratt and Whitney 34 turbine engine.

Thrush airplanes have been produced in Albany since 1965 under several corporate names, and the company today employs more than 270 people. During the next three years, Thrush has committed to creating 100 new jobs - bringing its total work force to nearly 400 - primarily in production and quality control.

“This is a great announcement for Thrush and for Albany and Dougherty County,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “The Albany-Dougherty EDC places a strong emphasis on working closely with its existing industries, which account for up to 80 percent of job growth in communities. Thrush is an incredible company to work with and they are a committed stakeholder in our community. They’ve seen the value of doing business in Albany, and the decision to continue investing in the community through job growth is a testament to our capability as a manufacturing location, and to the strength of workforce.”

Last week, as part of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week and its annual ADEDC Industry Awards, the agency presented Thrush with the Global Commerce Award for its consistent and significant growth in markets across the world.

To learn more about Thrush, visit thrushaircraft.com. Applications for the announced jobs can be found online at www.thrushaircraft.com/en/information/employment.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which features an existing industry each month, is an expansion on the award-winning video of the same title, produced by the ADEDC in 2014. The expanded 2016-2017 campaign includes both print and digital components, which can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its Web site, choosealbany.com.


Albany-Dougherty EDC announces 2017 industry award winners

April 19, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins - rhawkins@choosealbany.com - 229.434.0044

April 19, 2017

ADEDC Industry Award winnersAlbany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today honored existing industries Thrush Aircraft, Marine Depot Maintenance Command, MillerCoors and Procter & Gamble for their achievements in global exports, innovative business practices, economic impact and corporate giving, respectively, at its 2017 ADEDC Industry Awards.

"Albany-Dougherty County is home to a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing, to defense, to call centers to healthcare. With many industries having been located in Albany for multiple decades, employing our citizens and investing in our community, existing industries are a vital cornerstone of our local economy,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “In September 2016, the EDC launched an industry marketing campaign titled ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’. The industries honored today demonstrate just what that standard signifies: world class excellence.”

The ADEDC Industry Awards are the highlight of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week, during which the ADEDC celebrates and promotes the impact of the community’s existing industries.

Global Commerce Award: Thrush Aircraft

With 86% of its total sales coming from exports, Thrush Aircraft has placed a big focus on expanding its presence in the global market for agricultural aviation. Since 2014, global exports have increased by 77% with sales occurring in 80 countries across the globe.

The Thrush 510 model flys in virtually every part of the world – from soy bean fields in Brazil to banana groves in Costa Rica – and whether its helping farmers grow more, fighting wildfires, or even controlling some of those famous South Georgia mosquitos – these airplanes are designed to make life better.

Thrush credits localized presence and outstanding customer service for their success in the global market, believing that a good customer experience requires going the extra mile, before, during and after the sale by creating consistently remarkable interactions at every touch point throughout the period of owning a Thrush aircraft. Quality service is a key differentiator for Thrush– and one they say they are committed to building upon every year.

Excellence in Innovation Award: Marine Depot Maintenance Command

Marine Depot Maintenance Command, Production Plant Albany, through its Production Engineering Branch, has become a valuable tool in innovation and solutions for the United States Marine Corps, and other customers.

The Production Engineering Branch validates and verifies technical drawings, performs reverse engineering on parts with little or no technical data, and produces prototypes of materials that can be tested on weapons systems. Through innovation and technology, their expertise reduces risk to cost, time and readiness.

In July 2016, MDMC began the restoration of a WWII Prime Mover, 4x4 Cargo Truck, for the National Museum of the Marine Corps. During the restoration project, the team ran into a host of material challenges due to the age of the model and lack of technical data available to support the project.

With a number of needed parts being unavailable due to obsolescence, the restoration team reverse engineered each of the parts, and then created models for each of the parts in a Solid Works Program. The part models were then converted into files that could then be loaded into a 3D printer for final production.

In less than 10 hours, all of the parts were printed and ready to be painted prior to installation onto the vehicle. Having overcome challenges that could have taken months of work and hundreds of hours of labor, the innovative solutions developed by MDMC Albany will ultimately ensure that this Prime Mover 4x4 Cargo Truck will be ready to hand off to the National Museum of the Marine Corps on schedule in 2017.

Economic Impact Award: MillerCoors

MillerCoors has been Made in Albany since 1979, and today brews more than 20 different beers, including the company’s staples, Miller Lite and Coors Light, and has an annual production capacity of approximately 8 million barrels.

MIillerCoors’ Albany plant employs more than 550 area citizens, and has a payroll total of more than $45 million. With payroll and benefits rating among the highest in the brewing industry, it is no surprise that plant employees average a tenure of 10 years.

MillerCoors, though an international brand, places an emphasis on doing business locally in each of its brewing sites. Every year, MillerCoors Albany purchases more than $400 million in goods and services from Georgia-based companies, contributes more than $25 million in state and local taxes and helps bring sporting and entertainment events to Albany and the state of Georgia.

Only One Albany Award for Corporate Community Citizenship: Procter & Gamble

The weather events of January 2nd and 22nd of this year left many of our community members staggered with damaged structures, lost property and an upheaval in daily life. Having experienced damage to both their plant and distribution center, Procter & Gamble was not exempt from the effects of these devastating storms.

Despite their own hardship, P&G put people first, sending 100 employee volunteers out into the community to offer support with tree and debris removal. Although much of their time was paid by P&G, many continued to volunteer their time on weekends.

To date, P&G Albany employees have given more than 2,000 hours of service to tornado relief efforts and have helped citizens in over 100 homes to recover.

As a plant, P&G Albany has donated more than $300,000 worth of product, and through partnership with the American Red Cross and Matthew 25: Ministries, 700 personal care kits, 300 cleaning kits, 1,550 rolls of paper towels and 2,700 rolls of toilet paper have been distributed to storm victims.

Through P&G’s “Tide Loads of Hope” project, the Albany plant has washed nearly 400 loads of laundry and distributed Tide Pods, Pampers diapers, cases of water and work items such as tarps, safety glasses and work gloves to those in need.

Community support and volunteerism are priorities at P&G all year round, having committed more than $300,000 to local initiatives and organizations over the last year.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.


Procter & Gamble highlighted in ADEDC’s ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

March 22, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins - rhawkins@choosealbany.com - 229.434.0044

March 23, 2017

Procter & Gamble highlighted in ADEDC’s '#MadeInAlbanyGA'

Albany, Ga. – Procter & Gamble, one of Albany’s largest manufacturing employers, takes the spotlight as this month’s “#MadeInAlbanyGA” feature, an industry marketing campaign produced by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission.

Albany’s P&G plant, the producer of Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue, both billion-dollar brands for the company, currently employees an estimated 650 associates and is preparing to add another 40 to that total by Summer 2017.

“P&G’s addition of 40 new employees makes a big statement, not only about Albany-Dougherty County’s suitability as a manufacturing location, but also about the capability of our workforce,” says ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “The Albany plant has always been a valuable contributor to the P&G global network and the upcoming expansion will only further solidify that.”

Albany’s P&G plant is the primary supplier of Bounty and Charmin products to the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

In addition to its production role, P&G Albany is also a development site for Charmin products, responsible for gauging consumer needs and translating those needs into product innovation.

The #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which features an existing industry each month, is an expansion on the award-winning video of the same title, produced by the ADEDC in 2014. The expanded 2016-2017 campaign includes both print and digital components, which can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its Web site, choosealbany.com.

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.


Nominations open for 2017 ADEDC industry awards

March 13, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release Contact: Reedi Hawkins rhawkins@choosealbany.com 229.434.0044 March 13, 2017

Nominations open for 2017 ADEDC industry awards

Albany, Ga. – Nominations are now open for the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission’s annual industry awards, part of Albany-Dougherty Industry Celebration Week. Industry week, now in its eighth year, is a week-long celebration of the community’s existing industries. The ADEDC recognizes industries in four categories: global commerce, economic impact, excellence in innovation and corporate community citizenship (Only One Albany Award). The awards will be presented Wednesday, April 19, at 7:30 a.m. during the Industry Rise n’ Shine breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany, held in partnership with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce. “Existing industries are vital for growth in local economies, and in Albany-Dougherty County we’re fortunate to have a diverse industrial base that represents health care, defense, logistics, professional services, and manufacturing, among others,” says Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. Industry Celebration Week is one of many ways the ADEDC works to promote and highlight local industries, and will echo the current “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign, which features products produced by local manufacturers. Industries in Albany-Dougherty County are eligible – and encouraged – to apply for the industry awards. Industries must be located in Albany-Dougherty County to qualify. Nominations close April 5, 2017.

Nomination forms can be found here

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The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is a public-private partnership whose mission is to foster new investment and job creation through the recruitment, retention and expansion of industry for Albany-Dougherty County.  

ADEDC features Kroger brand producer Tara Foods in ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

February 23, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events