Pond and Company named ‘Engineering Employer of the Year’

Pond and Company recently received several awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, including its Engineering Employer of the Year Award, during the group’s second annual Georgia Engineering Awards event. (File Photo)

Pond and Company named Engineering Employer of Year

A well-known Peachtree Corners-based architectural, engineering and construction firm was praised by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia last weekend for its work in several areas.

Pond and Company receives ACEC Georgia’s Engineering Employer of the Year Award during the council’s second annual Georgia Engineering Awards event. The company also received Design Merit Awards for projects it did with the FAA, Georgia Power and the city of Mableton.

“Our Engineers, Architects and Planners worked countless hours on these award-winning projects. The dedication and hard work shows when you’re recognized by industry peers and appreciated by your clients,” Pond Vice President of Marketing and Communications Erik Grandowski said in a statement.

Among the Design Merit Awards that Pond received was recognition for its Mableton Town Square project, which was designed to revitalize the area around Mableton’s downtown square, the Arc Flash Risk Assessment with the FAA that included power study and short circuit analysis reports, and the Georgia Power Valdosta Headquarters Master Plan.

Meanwhile, the company said its culture of giving back to communities, supporting the ACEC Georgia Future Leaders Program and providing mentorship to engineers was a factor in its being chosen as the Engineering Employer of the Year Award winner.

Pond also won the same award last year.

“The key to Pond’s success is reflected in our vision statement: To be our client’s first choice for comprehensive project delivery by always providing exceptional customer service and care,” Pond Chief Operating Officer Jeff Meier said in a statement.

Snellville sign store is runner-up for national charitable support award

A Snellville FASTSIGNS store recently received some recognition from its national parent company for its charitable efforts — and a local nonprofit that works with people who have special needs is benefiting from the recognition.

FASTSIGNS announced during its annual convention that the Snellville store was the runner-up for its Show Us How You Care award. As part of the recognition, the national company is making a $250 donation to a nonprofit that was chosen by Kareen and Edward MacFarlane, who own the Snellville store.

They chose Special Kneads and Treats Bakery, which offers employment to adults with special needs.

“As local business owners, we believe it’s so important to be involved and give back to the community in any way we can,” franchisee Edward MacFarlane said in a statement. “Whether it’s through signage donations, event sponsorships, monetary donations or volunteering, our team is proud to work on the various charitable projects that we provide and make an impact in the community.”

The Snellville FASTSIGNS store has worked with Special Kneads and Treats, Gwinnett Life Run, Creative Enterprises and the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance’s Rise Against Hunter, as well as several school groups, corporate officials said.

The store is also a supporter of the Barrow County Veterans Resource Center and creates “Welcome Home” are used to greet military service men and women who are returning home from active duty.

“We are truly grateful for the opportunities to be involved in our community and the tremendous support from our customers for making it all possible,” MacFarlane said.

Buffalo’s Cafe reopens location in Hamilton Mill area

After being closed for nearly six months, Buffalo’s Cafe is open again in the Hamilton Mill area.

The restaurant opened its new location at 3450 Braselton Highway in Dacula on Tuesday. It had been closed since Sept. 10 while work was performed on its new location in the area.

Although the building is new, longtime patrons don’t have to worry about its fresh wings with 18 homemade and signature sauces. Officials said those will still be served in addition to other entrees and appetizers including the Canyon Burger and Garlic Parm Fries.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Although the restaurant will close at 10 p.m. during the week, its cantina will stay open until 11 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

— From staff reports

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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