Gwinnett manufacturers honored at inaugural award ceremony

DULUTH -- Local companies took home top honors at a Partnership Gwinnett event honoring manufacturing and supply chain companies thriving in 2012.

Divided into categories based on the number of employees, the three companies named Manufacturer of the Year were FarraTech, Spectral Response and WIKA Instrument Corporation.

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating was named Supply Chain Pioner of the Year, with Rooms to Go taking the Green Supply Chain of the Year Award. The Most Valuable Provider Award honored Hire Dynamics, for providing excellent service to the manufacturing and supply chain industries.

"We are thrilled to be recipients of the first Supply Chain Pioneer Award," said William Rau, senior vice president and general manager of the winning company. "Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating has been fortunate to operate in Gwinnett County for the past two decades, and we are honored to be recognized as a leading supplier in the county. We look forward to continuing to expand our operations and to maintaining our economic growth in Gwinnett County for years to come."

The companies were recognized at Partnership Gwinnett's inaugural Movers and Makers breakfast Thursday.

"Dynamic and progressive business leaders are essential to economic development, and Gwinnett is fortunate that so many of our manufacturing leaders are big-picture thinkers -- committed not only to growing their own companies but also to the growth and advancement of the community as a whole. This is especially true of those honored by the Chamber's first Movers and Makers Awards," said Sharon Bartels, president of Gwinnett Technical College, one of the many local partners in the Chamber's economic development initiative.

The winners of the awards were chosen based on economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence.

"We congratulate this year's impressive winners and are excited that we can provide recognition and exposure for our amazing local businesses. This will further develop their competitiveness and ultimately drive existing industry expansions and job creation," said Troels Adrian, project manager for the industries at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. "The exceptional quality of the contenders for this year's Movers & Makers Awards illustrates the fact that Gwinnett County is a major hub for advanced manufacturing and supply chain management -- industries that utilize our excellent workforce and transportation infrastructure to compete in today's truly global marketplace."