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Expo to unveil Web site of locally made products

IF YOU GO

What: Georgia Manufacturing Expo

When: June 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Gwinnett Center

More info:

georgiamanufacturingexpo.com

EXHIBITORS

America’s Mattress

NetworkingMFG

Merrill Lynch

Okabashi Brands, INC

Cu’i Watermelon Drink

Anita’s Balm

Minuteman Press of Duluth

YSS Athletics

Strike Hold

Networking Works! business referral network

Georgia Grown

The Law Office of Ward Council LLC

Gwinnett Tech

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

APICS Atlanta

WK Industrial Services

Southern Barter Club

Life Is My Movie Entertainment

Murray Plastics

KD Manufacturing, Inc.

Hydrocephalus Association

American Label

Mount Vernon Mills

GRG Design, Inc.

Peening Technologies

Uni-Grip Pro

Prince Precision Products

MAC

TSI Solutions

Atlanta Water Jet LLC

Georgia FIRST

Osborne Wood Products

MLC CAD Systems

SPONSORS

Governor's Office of Workforce Development

Impact Staffing

Metro Waterproofing

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."