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Inaugural manufacturer’s awards honor local businesses



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three local businesses were honored Nov. 8 at the inaugural Manufacturers of Distinction and Leadership, or MODL, Awards.

The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the South Forsyth Rotary Club, hosted the event at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center.

The event recognized local companies involved in the manufacturing, processing or distribution of tangible products industry.

Winners were:

Small Manufacturer of the Year: Metcam, Inc.

Medium Manufacturer of the Year: Solvay Specialty Polymers

Large Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens Industry

Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Robert Long said there are “fabulous manufacturers in Forsyth County.”

“We aren’t necessarily known as a manufacturing powerhouse,” Long said. “But we have some fabulous companies that contribute not only financially to our tax base, but they are involved with the school system and charities in Forsyth County. They could not do that without the support of our manufacturers.”

In the county, there are about 265 manufacturers, with 95 being supply chain and logistics companies. There are over 14,000 companies tied to the manufacturing sector in Forsyth County, he said. They constitute almost 20 percent of the county’s labor force.

“A lot of times our manufacturers unfortunately get overlooked,” Long said. “They do so much in our community, much of which I’m not aware of because they don’t call me before they support things. They just do it, and it’s often an employee-driven initiative.”

Siemens Director of Programs for Large Drives Ranjani Balasubramaniam said they are honored.

“We’ve been part of Forsyth County for a while,” Balasubramaniam said, “There will be a lack of people ready to do manufacturing jobs in the future. There will be about 2.7 million manufacturing jobs available. There are a lot of opportunities and we are passionate and proud of that.”

The winners will be submitted for consideration to the state’s manufacturing awards.

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