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JULY 16: ADEDC Office Reception + Ribbon Cutting

June 27, 2013 > Posted in Events, News & Events, Uncategorized


We’re officially unveil our new digs, and we want you to celebrate with us. Join us July 16, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., for a Business After Hours reception and a ribbon cutting at our new office, 125 Pine Ave., Suite 200, in the Riverfront Resource Center. Be there.

April 14: Darton College Go Global 5K Run

March 22, 2012 > Posted in Uncategorized

Darton College’s Global Education program will host its 3rd annual Go Global 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk on Saturday, April 14 at Darton College.

The Global Education program aims to educate students and the community to become global, ethical citizens as well as provide the foundation for them to do well in the global marketplace.

Click here for event details and registration form.

Event sponsorships are available starting at $100. Sponsors will be promoted in a variety of ways. Click here for more information about becoming a sponsor.

Proceeds from the event benefit student scholarships.


WHAT: Darton College 3rd annual Go Global 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk

WHEN: Saturday, April 14. 1 Mile run starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K starts at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Darton College, 2400 Gillionville Road.

INFORMATION: Call (229) 317-6500 or click here.

Jan. 19: Albany Area Chamber of Commerce 102nd Annual Dinner

January 13, 2012 > Posted in Events, News & Events, Uncategorized

Join the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce at Darton College’s Cavalier Arena on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. for the 102nd Annual Dinner as it introduces its new board of directors and outlines what’s ahead in 2012. Witness the passing of the gavel from 2011 Chair Judy Randle to 2012 Chair Miles Espy. Enjoy a night of stellar entertainment as we merge the musical melodies of classical jazz and American pop via the violin stylings of Gareth Johnson and Almost Elton John. Get your tickets now!

Click here to register and for additional information.

Albany solar farmer earns Georgia Trend’s “40 under 40” honor

October 20, 2011 > Posted in News, News & Events, Uncategorized










Congratulations to Albany’s Trey Pippin, one of Georgia Trend’s 40 under 40 Best and Brightest of 2011. Pippin is manager at Pippin Farms and Renewable Property of Albany. Read about Pippin’s Albany solar farm here.

Excellence in Innovation: Lawson Industries

September 27, 2011 > Posted in News, News & Events, Uncategorized

Lawson Industries is the type of success story that entrepreneurs dream about becoming and people love to hear about. What started out of a garage in 1999 by brothers Michael and Jason Lawson has become an award-winning industry.

“We didn’t have a vision of this being what it is today,” said Michael Lawson, president and CEO of Lawson Industries.

Lawson Industries, which designs custom parts as well manufactures products for other inventors, is always looking for ways to do things more efficiently. Its approach to building a new catalytic converter won the company the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s Global Media Award for new engineered products.

Created as a single piece instead of the more traditional two pieces, Lawson’s QwikCat Spun Catalytic Converter features a high-flowing ceramic core and an innovative wash-coat for efficient emissions reduction. The QwikCat is available at major auto shops and will soon be available on

Lawson Industries is housed in a out of a 40,000-square-foot facility at Parkway Industrial Park. The facility is an incubator building owned by the city of Albany, which Lawson leases at a favorable rate.

“The city worked with us and now we are able to put people to work,” said Michael Lawson, whose business employs 18 people. “We have really grown because of the low overhead through the city.”

Lawson Industries utilizes the incentives available to the business, including the state’s job tax credit for new hires and a revolving loan through the city of Albany’s Department of Community and Economic Development.

The company ships its products same-day from Albany.

“You can get a part from us quicker than you can get a part from a distributor in your own community,” he said of the delivery advantages of being in Albany, which he said has “better freight discounts.”

Lawson Industries began branding its products two years ago.