Gov. Nathan Deal presents Georgia Manufacturing Expo founder Jason Moss with a proclamation touting Buy From Georgia Month. (special photo)
Gov. Nathan Deal showed his support for the Georgia Manufacturing Expo this week by signing a proclamation declaring June 2014 as Buy from Georgia Month. The proclamation comes as the state’s manufacturing industry prepares for the Georgia Manufacturing Expo June 13-14 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth.
According to a press release, several American cities have similar proclamations that support local businesses, but Georgia is the only state to focus support on the industry itself.
“We are so excited to have the support of Governor Deal,”said Jason Moss, a Lawrenceville resident and founder of the expo. “We have been working hard at educating people on the importance of manufacturing and will continue to spotlight the great people, products and plants in Georgia.”
The expo promotes the Georgia Partner Pledge, which encourages Georgia residents to promise to buy locally made items when possible and also publishes BuyFromGeorgia.com, a free and growing directory of companies manufacturing products in Georgia.
This is the event’s second year and it will highlight “the best of Georgia manufacturing people, plants, and products” Moss said. This year the expo has added the Georgia Manufacturing Awards, to celebrate the people in the manufacturing industry.
“As a key new initiative within the Georgia Manufacturing Expo, we thought it would be the right thing to do to try to recognize these incredible employees and leaders, as well as some of their impressive contributions and accomplishments,”said Scott Luton, a member of the expo’s advisory board.
The expo hosts year-round programming to educate consumers on locally made items. In late January, the group toured ZF Wind Power plant in Gainesville, and a tour of Anthueser Busch brewery in Cartersville is scheduled for this month.
The Georgia Manufacturing Expo is free for those who complete the guest registration on the event’s website, and tickets are $10 at the door for unregistered attendees. The Georgia Manufacturing awards will be held June 13; the expo will award four Front Line Leadership awards and one Plant Manager of the Year award. Nominations are being accepted until May 2. For more information on the Expo, visit Georgiamanufacturingexpo.com.