IF YOU GO
What: Georgia Manufacturing Expo
When: June 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Gwinnett Center
Okabashi Brands, INC
Cu’i Watermelon Drink
Minuteman Press of Duluth
Networking Works! business referral network
The Law Office of Ward Council LLC
R.N.C. Industries, Inc.
Demis Products, Inc
Arrow Adhesives Company
Southern Polytechnic State University
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce
Technology Association of Georgia - Manufacturing
WK Industrial Services
Southern Barter Club
Life Is My Movie Entertainment
KD Manufacturing, Inc.
Mount Vernon Mills
GRG Design, Inc.
Prince Precision Products
Atlanta Water Jet LLC
Osborne Wood Products
MLC CAD Systems
Governor's Office of Workforce Development
LAWRENCEVILLE -- If there's one thing consumers get excited about, it's buying local. Not just products made in America, but especially in Georgia.
That's Jason Moss' opinion, and a main reason why he's developed a website to help shoppers find locally made products in an aisle at a store. The organizer of the Georgia Manufacturing Expo, who has worked in the manufacturing industry for about 20 years, said he was surprised there wasn't a public or private list of companies in Georgia already established.
Moss' focus is not about who owns the company, but if it employs Georgia families.
"There's not been a concentrated focus to help connect consumers to products that are made here," Moss said.
Moss plans to change that with the June 8 launch of www.BuyFromGeorgia.com at the Georgia Manufacturing Expo at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
"Every time we commit to make a purchase, we're building jobs somewhere; we might as well buy them here," Moss said.
U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will speak at the event about the impact of buying Georgia-manufactured goods. Woodall said the expo works well for manufacturers and consumers to make an educated decision.
"I'd be willing to pay a little extra for something American-made," Woodall said. "But without the information, you wouldn't know. Information is power."
The website will be a working, vetted directory of at least 230 companies, mostly manufacturing, but some support such as insurance and law firms. The list is divided into categories: retail, commercial and industrial, process or service and support. Consumers and manufacturers can also list products to be vetted, Moss said.
The mobile-ready site, at 320 pixels, is built specifically for smartphones and tablets, Moss said.
"I'm committed to providing consumers with the right tools," he said. "Georgia can and will be the state leading the charge on a manufacturing renaissance in America."