The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance took care of the proverbial two birds with one stone — or rather with one pair of scissors — this past week when it held a ribbon-cutting for its new office in Lawrenceville.
In addition to officially opening its new headquarters, the alliance also formally launched its redesigned Buy From Georgia Initiative website at the event. The website, www.BuyFromGeorgia.com, was overhauled to promote more than 1,000 products that are made in Georgia and can be purchased on Amazon.
The ribbon-cutting and website redesign unveiling come as the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance is in the midst of celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding.
“Over the past 10 years, we have built a solid foundation of leaders statewide that will be able to support the imminent growth of manufacturing in Georgia,” Georgia Manufacturing Alliance founder and CEO Jason Moss said in a statement. “We are excited about what the future holds for our members and the manufacturing community in our state.”
More than 70 people attended the ribbon-cutting for the new office at 175 Langley Drive, Suite A4. As a tie-in to the “Buy From Georgia” theme of the event, the attendees were served products made in the state. That included Georgia’s most famous beverage, Coca-Cola, as well as Hostess snacks, SunnyD, Combos and Wrigley’s Gum.
Other products made in the state, such as Solo plates and Starbucks K-Cups were also available at the ribbon-cutting.
All of those products can be purchased through BuyFromGeorgia.com, the alliance said.
“We want to encourage everyone to support their local community and make a purchase on BuyFromGeorgia.com to help support and grow jobs in Georgia,” Moss said. “Shoppers who purchase through BuyFromGeorgia.com receive the benefits of shopping through Amazon for 1,000s of name brand and unique items that are produced in our great state.”
Local nonprofit bakery, Special Kneads and Treats, which works with people who have disabilities, provided cupcakes as well.
Officials with the alliance said they are now planning to host tours of manufacturing facilities that produce consumer-based products in July.