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P&G Albany plant named manufacturer of the year

April 19, 2019 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

Via Albany Technical College

ATLANTA – April 18, 2019 — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp this week named P&G Albany as winner of the 2019 Manufacturer of the Year award in the category of Large Manufacturer with more than 500 employees at the annual Governor’s Awards Luncheon. 

P&G earned the honor based on a range of criteria, including its economic impact, community involvement and corporate responsibility, and commitment to workforce development and excellence. 

Companies such as P&G, Gov. Brian Kemp said, “have created jobs, proven their commitment, and are critical to our state’s prosperity. Today we honor some of the best, most advanced manufacturers who have been thriving here in Georgia for years.” P&G has been in the Albany community for more than 45 years. 

Werhner Washington, plant manager at P&G’s Albany plant, which makes paper towel and tissue paper, including brands Charmin and Bounty, thanked the community leaders of Albany and Dougherty County for their support over the years, but said the plant’s success would not happen without its employees. “It is an honor and privilege to serve you,” he said. 

He also thanked Albany Technical College and Georgia Quick Start. “Over the past year, our company shifted about 5 million cases of Charmin and Bounty production line to our Albany plant,” he said. 

To make that increase in production possible, Quick Start designed and executed a training program to help for new hires to meet that demand, Washington said. “Quick Start is a tremendous resource for the manufacturers of Georgia.” 

Washington said P&G’s Albany plant will experience another shift in production soon “and we are going to need you again.” 

Previously, Quick Start partnered with P&G in training projects in 2001 and 2002. 

P&G’s Albany Plant, which has a $300 million net impact on the Albany economy and a $1 billion impact on the state’s economy, recently celebrated 45 years of community advocacy, educational partnerships and civic involvement in Albany. For every job at the local plant, which employs more than 600, four non-P&G jobs are created. 

P&G’s Albany site is the largest contributor to the United Way annually. P&G employees also volunteer at The Boys & Girls club, Strive2Thrive and other organizations.

“P&G has long been a valued partner in this community and region and are most deserving of the recognition and honor,” said Anthony Parker, president of Albany Technical College. 

Other winners included Briggs & Stratton Corporation in Statesboro, Ga., which won the Medium Manufacturer category, and Erdrich USA Inc.in Dublin, which won the Small Manufacturer category.

This is the 25th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included the Georgia Association of Manufacturers, the Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Power, and Aprio. 

In his proclamation declaring April 15-19 as Manufacturing Appreciation Week, Gov. Kemp noted the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes to the state’s economic growth. According to the proclamation nearly 9,802 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, providing 406,602 jobs and generating more than $22.7 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens. Manufacturing contributed more than $61 billion to the state’s economy last year. 

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EDC honors existing industries with annual awards, extends #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign

April 10, 2019 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events, Uncategorized

For Immediate Release
Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044
April 10, 2019

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today honored existing industries WebstaurantStore, LMC-Ag, Phoebe Putney Health System and SouthernAG Carriers for their achievements in global commerce, innovation, economic impact and corporate citizenship at its 2019 Albany-Dougherty 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. “Our annual Industry Awards are a great opportunity to emphasize their importance to our community.”

In addition to recognizing the four award winners, the EDC also celebrated local manufacturers through the announcement of a second phase of its “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign. 

The extended campaign features multimedia components highlighting all 13 of Albany’s major manufacturers and their respective products, emphasizing the benefits of doing business in Albany. 

In conjunction with the campaign, consumers will soon be able to easily identify Albany-made products through store signage featuring the “Made in Albany, Georgia” seal displayed on the doors and shelves of local retail partners. 

“Our Made in Albany campaign celebrates what it means to have a product that is made here in Albany and produced by our outstanding workforce. This week, and our annual Industry Awards, echos the same pride in that level of world class excellence, which is what ‘made in Albany’ has come to signify,” said Strickland. 

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

Global Commerce Award: WebstaurantStore

WebstaurantStore – the world’s No. 1 online retailer of restaurant and kitchen supplies and equipment – located its Southeastern distribution center and accompanying customer solutions center here in Albany in 2015, creating more than 200 jobs and $10 million in capital investment in the community. 

Since then, the Albany distribution center has done its fair share of maintaining Webstaurant’s prominence in the global market through the fulfillment of orders traveling from Albany to many destinations throughout the world, sometimes in as little as one business day. 

In its three years of operation here in Albany, Webstaurant has accounted for more than $23 million in international sales with exports primarily headed to Canada, Puerto Rico, the UK, Australia and Mexico. 

In addition to direct distribution, Webstaurant also commonly engages freight forwarders for third-party logistics management of order delivery, which accounts for an additional portion of global sales. 

With Albany-Dougherty County’s recent passing vote on freeport exemption, which expands inventory tax exemption to include fulfillment centers, Webstaurant will be even further benefitted from its location in Albany and therefore able to continue making an impact in the global market, and in our local market as a valued industry partner.

Excellence in Innovation Award: LMC-Ag

Innovation at LMC-Ag means more than just new products, it means offering the best customer service, beginning to end, while still maintaining old-fashioned values – a process that starts in their manufacturing plant here in Albany where they produce agricultural irrigation equipment, and ends with point-of-sale interactions with customers across the country. 

Over the last two years, LMC-Ag has dedicated its time and resources to the growth of its product line, manufacturing capabilities and innovation on existing products. This growth has resulted in expansion through the acquisition of land, providing the ability to store an increased volume of inventory in order to achieve short delivery times – a valued asset in today’s market. 

The expansion has provided additional space for assembly on new product lines, such as peanut dryers and root rake grapples. LMC-Ag has nearly quadrupled daily output in its paint division through its new state of the art paint facility – not only will this increase paint capacity but will also result in a better finish and longer lasting product. 

Of all the recent advancements at LMC-Ag, none has been more impactful than the instillation of two new plasma tables, which have opened the door to a whole new level of innovative production by redefining the approach to how products can, and should, be designed.  

LMC-Ag is dedicated to continuing making great strides toward new markets through innovative practices in its mission to be number one in customer care and product design in the ag machinery industry.

Economic Impact Award: Phoebe Putney Health System

Since opening its doors in 1911, Phoebe Putney Health System has always been committed to providing the best possible care and meeting the needs of the communities it serves. Not only does Phoebe provide the highest quality of healthcare in Southwest Georgia, but is a major contributor to the local and state economies.

Last year, the Georgia Hospital Association released a report stating that Phoebe generated more than $1.28 billion in revenue for the local and state economy in 2016 – an impact that is expected to continue to increase. During the same period, Phoebe supported more than 8,000 full-time jobs in addition to its more than 4,000 Phoebe Family members. 

Phoebe is an economic engine, and plays an integral role in the economy for Dougherty County and Southwest Georgia. At a time when many hospitals and health systems are struggling to survive and are reducing their capital investments, Phoebe continues to make massive investments to improve and expand its services. 

Over the past three years, its combined capital budget totaled more than $120 million – demonstrating a continued commitment to reinvest in programs and technology that benefits patients and supports the economic growth of our community. 

Additionally, Phoebe proudly supports other local employers through its Corporate Health program by offering an array of health and wellness services that help corporate partners save money and help their employees stay healthy and productive. 

To Phoebe, caring for the community is more than just healing the body. It also means helping to fuel growth and promote economic stability. Whether partnering with educational institutions making sure home-grown talent has the opportunity to thrive locally, or investing in top-notch talent and cutting–edge technology, Phoebe is dedicated to its mission of helping our community live healthier and happier lives.

Only One Albany Award for Corporate Community Citizenship:SouthernAG Carriers

On Sunday, January 22, 2017 an EF-3 tornado came through Albany, Georgia and completely demolished SouthernAG Carriers’ corporate headquarters and Albany terminal. Through hard work stemming from a determination to continue delivering quality service and providing support to its badly hurting agricultural partners throughout the region, SouthernAG Carriers was back up and running within 48 hours.

Dedicated to its work in the Albany community and the surrounding area, SouthernAG used the loss of its original structure to its advantage, making the decision to rebuild in place, reinforcing its commitment to the Albany community as a corporate citizen. 

In addition to its own experience with natural disaster, SouthernAG is a proud volunteer transporter of peanut butter to disaster locations throughout the country in times of need. 

As a regional leader in the transportation and logistics field, SouthernAG has been a strong contributing partner in the development and funding of the Albany Transportation Academy at Albany Technical College, designed to increase the pipeline of freight drivers in Southwest Georgia through industry-standard training and the obtainment of a Commercial Driver’s License. In addition to its work in the development of the program, SouthernAG also donated a semi-truck to the Transportation Academy, providing students the opportunity to gain hands-on training for easy transition into the field. 

SouthernAG Carriers is proud to provide support to a variety of organizations and programs, both here in Albany and in its other four locations across the southeast, including the Peanut Institute Genomic projects, Peanut Proud, the Boy Scouts, 4H, the Dougherty County School System and various athletic programs and 5k runs.

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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.


Industry Awards 2019 – Now Accepting Nominations

March 21, 2019 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events, Uncategorized

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards, recognizing outstanding industries in the areas of global commerceexcellence in innovationeconomic impact and corporate community citizenship.

The Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards, now in its tenth year, is a part of Industry Celebration Week, which is a week-long celebration of the community’s existing industries which highlights their successes throughout the last year.

Industry Celebration Week is one of many ways the ADEDC works to promote and highlight local industries, and this year will echo and extend the “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign with the launch of the campaign’s second phase.

To nominate your industry or one you know to be deserving, please see the fillable online application here and simply fill, save and send back to rhawkins@choosealbany.com by the March 29 deadline. 

Award winners will be honored at the April 10 Industry Celebration luncheon, held in partnership with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce and beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn. Click here to register.


WebstaurantStore expands in Albany

June 6, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

WebstaurantStore Contact: Caleb Clugston
Director of Operations
WebstaurantStore
cclugston@webstaurantstore.com 
717.371.0344

For Immediate Release

June 6, 2018

 

Albany, Ga. – WebstaurantStore, along with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, today announced the industry’s expansion of its Albany distribution center though the addition of 40 new jobs along with significant pay scale increases.

The industry will be hiring order packers and shipping and receiving material handlers with starting wages of $14 – $18.75 per hour and the earning potential of more than $20 per hour after five years, in all positions.

WebstaurantStore, an online restaurant and kitchen supply retailer, has been located in Albany since 2015, when it announced the community’s selection as the home of its southeastern distribution and customer solutions centers.

The 40 new associates will bring Webstaurant to an approximate total of 230employees at the Albany location.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to expand here in Albany through the addition of 40 new employees, while also increasing our wages,” said Webstaurant Director of Operations Caleb Clugston. ”Our success here at the Albany distribution center is a direct result of focusing on our workplace culture and making sure that we are retaining those employees that meet our culture expectations. We are committed to creating a defined career path within our Albany distribution center.”

In addition to its distribution operations, Webstaurant also maintains a customer solutions center in Albany which works to address the various needs of the company’s global clientele.

“WebstaurantStore is a great business that we’re proud to have worked with to recruit to our community. They located multiples lines of operations here in 2015, employing more than 200 people at their distribution and customer solutions centers,” said Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland. “Now, just three years later, we’re proud to see this industry already expanding as a result of its success. They truly are a testament that business thrives in Albany-Dougherty County.”

The application process is now open and interested candidates may apply online at  https://www.webstaurantstore.com/careers/.

 

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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.


Coats & Clark holds grand reopening and ribbon cutting of North American distribution center

June 1, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

ADEDC Contact: Reedi Hawkins
Director of Marketing & Research
Albany-Dougherty EDC
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

Coats & Clark Contact: Scott Rohaley
Vice President of Logistics & Planning
Coats Crafts North America
scott.rohaley@coats.com

For Immediate Release

June 4, 2018

 

Albany, Ga. – Coats & Clark, together with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, today celebrated the grand reopening and ribbon cutting of its newly rebuilt North American distribution center in Albany, Georgia.

The original distribution center, located at 601 Holly Drive in Albany, was devastated by the tornado of January 22, 2017. After a competitive search which vetted several other states in the southeast, and through partnership with the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC), Coats & Clark decided to locate its new distribution center on the same site as the original structure.

“Coats & Clark is proud to be able to continue our presence in Albany-Dougherty County, where we have enjoyed success for the last 71 years,” said President, North America Crafts, Stephanie Leichtweis, “Having both our manufacturing and distribution facilities located together in Albany enables us to effectively serve our consumers across the Americas through the production and transportation of quality products.”

The new distribution center stands at 370,000 square feet and has helped to secure more than 300 jobs in Albany-Dougherty County.

“Being able to keep Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center in our community, and in close proximity to its manufacturing facility, is a huge win for both Coats & Clark and Albany-Dougherty County. We look forward to strengthening this company’s legacy in Albany-Dougherty County and to continuing the partnership we have enjoyed with Coats for many years,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland.

Coats & Clark’s North American distribution center employs more than 100 people in the Albany area; the manufacturing facility located at 901 Clark Avenue in Albany, Georgia employs more than 200 people. The company has maintained manufacturing and distribution operations in Albany since 1947.

Coats & Clark distributes its industry leading textile crafting brands, including RedHeart®, Dual Duty®, J&P Coats, and Coats & Clark®, from the Albany site.

 

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About the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission
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.

About Coats & Clark
Coats & Clark is part of Coats, the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and a major player in the Americas textile crafts market.  At home in more than 50 countries, Coats employs 19,000 people across six continents.

For more information go to www.coats.com.