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P&G, Miller, LogCom, Phoebe named as winners in EDC’s Industry Awards

April 4, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

April 4, 2018

Albany, Ga.– The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission today honored existing industries Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors, Marine Corps Logistics Command and Phoebe Putney Health System for their achievements in global exports, innovative practices, economic impact and corporate giving, respectively, at its 2018 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards.

“Our existing industries are a vital component of our local economy and make significant contributions to our community through investments and expansions, the employment of our citizens and volunteer support, to name just a few,” said Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Our ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’ campaign celebrated what it meant to have a product that is made in Albany and produced by our outstanding workforce. This week echoes the same pride in that level of world class excellence, which is what ‘made in Albany’ has come to signify.”

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: Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble is the world’s largest consumer goods company, providing a multitude of household items to consumers across the globe, with more than half of its 2017 total sales occurring internationally.

The P&G Albany plant, which produces Bounty paper towels and Charmin bath tissue – both billion-dollar brands for the company, currently employs an estimated 700 associates with 70 of those positions being added in the last two years as a response to increased consumption in the plant’s distribution areas which include the Southeastern United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

The Albany plant is the primary supplier of Bounty and Charmin products to the Southeastern United States and Puerto Rico, producing as a plant enough product to sustain the consumption of those regions for an entire year. 

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

 

Excellence in Innovation Award: MillerCoors

Since opening in 1979, one of the highest, uncompromised priorities for the Albany Brewery has been the stewardship of our environment.

MillerCoors and the Albany Brewery believe that producing great beer comes with great responsibility. That responsibility is ensuring the environmental sustainability of the Albany community through water stewardship, lessened energy and carbon footprints, being land-fill free and moving towards a zero waste operation – MillerCoors continues to seek out innovative practices to help further their mission of sustainability and meet these goals.

Such innovative practices, like the incorporation of natural gas machinery, adherence to a robust recycling program and comprehensive environmental protection policies, have enabled the Albany plant to drastically reduce its carbon footprint while increasing efficiency; remain land-fill free since 2013; and for the last two years, achieve the goal of having zero environmental deviations or releases.

Ninety-nine percent of MillerCoors’ generated waste is recycled or reused through innovative methods and collaborative partnerships. For example, all spent grain is donated to local farmers to be used for cattle feed, benefitting the region’s agricultural economy.

MillerCoors understands that environmental sustainability is a journey, and is committed to continuing that journey through innovative practices that keep our community safe, clean, beautiful and on the cutting edge of sustainability.

 

 Economic Impact Award: Marine Corps Logistics Command

Over the last year, the Marine Corps Logistics Command heavily invested in and made significant strides towards strengthening the Albany, Georgia industrial base and economy through its operations.

Today, Marine Corps Logistics Command employs over 2,500 local civilians and nearly 300 uniformed service members. 

In 2017, LogCom’s Marine Depot Maintenance Command processed in excess of $378 million in new work orders generating more than $460 million in revenue, totaling to an increase of $2.7 million in new work and $4.3 million in net operating income, respectively.

Recovery efforts from the 2017 tornado impact resulted in $31.1 million in expenditures that included $1.9 million to support a labor surge and the activation of 175 Marine Reservists. The Reservists salary base of $2.6 million directly impacts local housing, dining, retail, and entertainment industries.

Implementing a local hiring strategy, adopting better hiring practices, creating and strengthening relationships with local universities, colleges and schools, summer internship programs, and career fairs represent the significant efforts that Marine Corps Logistics Command has invested to keep locally educated people in the local work force. Their commitment to the strengthening the community and its citizens is unmatched and brings great credit upon themselves, keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps.

 

Only One Albany Award for Corporate Community Citizenship: Phoebe Putney Health System

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital was built on a foundation of community service.  The hospital opened on a plot of land at 3rdAvenue and Jefferson Street in Albany in 1911 with a mission to serve all those in need of care, regardless of their race, gender or ability to pay. Today, Phoebe is still anchored on that corner and anchored to that commitment. 

In the 108 years since the first patient was treated at Phoebe, the organization has expanded their mission of community service in countless ways.  In the last fiscal year, Phoebe provided more than $274M in community benefit. The majority of that figure is a result of unreimbursed care for Medicare, Medicaid, indigent and charity patients as Phoebe continues to live up to their founding mission of providing healthcare to all citizens in need. But the hospital also provides millions of dollars annually in services to train nurses and other health professionals, host health fairs and education programs, conduct free health screenings, and equip public schools with nurses.

Phoebe is a leader in sponsoring important community activities from the annual Snickers Marathon to the recent Grow Albany Tift Park Community Planting Day, and is represented in virtually every major organization that is working to improve the quality of life in our community.

Following the January 2017 storms, not only did Phoebe provide housing and tens of thousands of dollars to help affected employees recover, they opened an emergency clinic and initiated a mobile clinic to treat residents, volunteers and first responders. 

When the worst flu epidemic in a decade hit in early 2018, Phoebe quickly ramped its vaccination program and provided hundreds of free flu shots. 

Phoebe looks forward to the health system’s next 108 years of service, pledging to improve minds, bodies and spirits from that same corner at 3rdand Jefferson, in the heart of our city.

 

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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 accepting nominations for 2018 Albany-Dougherty Industry Awards

March 9, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

March 9, 2018

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 ninth 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. The awards will be presented Wednesday April 4 during the Industry Celebration and Awards luncheon, held in partnership with the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at the Hilton Garden Inn beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“Existing industry is a major component of a thriving economy, and in Albany-Dougherty County, we’re fortunate to have a broad base of industry that sees the benefits of doing business here,” says Justin Strickland, president of the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission. “Our companies’ locations in Albany-Dougherty County contributes to their success as part of a larger corporate network, as well as our success as a community. The annual Industry Celebration Week and Awards serve as an opportunity to celebrate the relationships that have spurred on long-standing prosperity throughout the years.”

Industry Celebration Week is one of many ways the ADEDC works to promote and highlight local industries, and will echo the “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign, which features products produced by local manufacturers.

Industries located in Albany-Dougherty County and those who wish to nominate them are encouraged to complete and return the fillable online nomination form by the March 23 deadline.

 

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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.

 


Pretoria Fields spotlighted as final feature in ADEDC’s ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

January 17, 2018 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

January 17, 2017

#MadeInAlbanyGA

 

Albany, Ga. – The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission (ADEDC) today turned the spotlight toward craft brewery Pretoria Fields Collective as the final feature in its “#MadeInAlbanyGA” campaign.

Pretoria Fields Collective, founded by Albany doctor and beer enthusiast Tripp Morgan, is a collaboration of local farmers and brewers working together to celebrate the agricultural profile of the region through signature craft brews.

The collective conducts operations in four locations – three being farms  located in Dougherty, Lee and Mitchell counties, where crops such as fruits and grains are grown for use in the brewing process – and the other being the public taproom and brewing facility located in downtown Albany.

“Pretoria Fields’ investment in downtown Albany through the development of its taproom and production facility is a major step in the right direction for downtown revitalization,” said Justin Strickland, president of the ADEDC. “We now not only have a great quality of life asset in the heart of downtown, but it also happens to be a manufacturing facility that will produce product to be distributed all over the region, helping to put Albany on the map in an even greater sense.”

Pretoria Fields is currently the only brewery in Southwest Georgia, and the only farmhouse brewery in the state – a distinction characterized by the incorporation of homegrown crops from the collective’s farm and an adherence to traditional brewing methods.

The brewery, opened in December 2017, has so far developed a portfolio of four beer variations which are available at the downtown Albany taproom and at local and regional restaurants and package stores.

The current lineup of brews includes a golden ale, a stout, a gose and an IPA (India Pale Ale).

Pretoria Fields is the final feature in the ADEDC’s #MadeInAlbanyGA campaign, which debuted in September 2017 with a different industry taking the spotlight each month, highlighting the personal story of a company representative and the products they produce. Campaign videos and other materials can be seen on the ADEDC’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, and on its website, 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.


Albany Green Energy biomass plant showcased in ADEDC’s ‘#MadeInAlbanyGA’

November 29, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

November 29, 2017

#MadeInAlbanyGA

 

Albany, Ga. – Albany Green Energy, an Exelon-Constellation biomass energy plant, is being showcased by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission in its industry marketing campaign “#MadeInAlbanyGA”.

Using a biomass process, Albany Green Energy uses wood waste to produce steam energy which is then sold to Procter & Gamble (P&G), Georgia Power, and effective 2018, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

Located on the campus of paper product manufacturer P&G, Albany Green Energy is a 50-megawatt power generation facility generating 394,000 megawatt-hours of power per year – enough renewable electricity to generate power for more than 35,000 homes.

Through a process called “Combined Heat and Power,” which incorporates biomass from wood waste such as forest residuals, crop waste and mill waste that would otherwise be left to decay on the forest floor or be sent to a landfill, Albany Green Energy is able to produce renewable energy at a rate that is two to three times more efficient than traditional means.

“The biomass energy production facility at Albany Green Energy is on the cutting edge of energy manufacturing, being clean, efficient and cost-effective,” said ADEDC President Justin Strickland. “The partnership between Exelon, P&G, Georgia Power and MCLB Albany concerning this project is a testament to the progressive and collaborative spirit in Albany-Dougherty County that helps move businesses forward.”

Through its partnership with P&G, the biomass plant is able to provide the industry with100% of the steam needed to power its 24-hour manufacturing operation.

Albany Green Energy is a subsidiary of Constellation, parent company Exelon, which through such subsidiaries sells power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses across continental United States.

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 website, 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.

 


Procter & Gamble Albany announces new jobs

September 8, 2017 > Posted in Industry, News, News & Events

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Reedi Hawkins
rhawkins@choosealbany.com
229.434.0044

September 8, 2017

Albany, Ga. – Procter & Gamble today announced the addition of an estimated 30 new technician jobs at the Albany manufacturing plant.

The announcement comes on the heels of another recent hiring phase, which brought nearly 40 new employees to the plant. The estimated 30 new associates brings P&G Albany to an approximate total of 70 announced new jobs within the last year.

“We are thrilled to hire more employees to support our increased production at the P&G Albany Plant. The employees we hired earlier this year are off to an outstanding start and we look forward to hiring more great talent from Albany and Dougherty County,” said P&G Albany Plant Manager Werhner Washington.

P&G Albany, producer of Bounty paper towels and Charmin toilet tissue – both billion-dollar brands for the company, has a current employee total of nearly 700, making it one of the area’s largest manufacturing employers.

“P&G is a great corporate citizen on both the local and global level,” said Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Justin Strickland. “Their continued and expanded presence in Albany speaks to the capability of Albany-Dougherty County to effectively support an industry of this size, as well as to the skill level of our workforce and their ability to execute advanced industrial processes.”

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

Washington said jobs are being added as a result of increased production demand.

The new technician positions will be responsible for maintaining and improving equipment and processes in the production of Bounty and Charmin products.

The application process is now open and interested candidates may apply online at www.pgcareers.com by clicking “apply” – “search job” – keyword Albany or job number MFG00005580.

 

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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.