Over the last year in Hall County, 43 new and expanded businesses were credited with creating 1,800 new jobs as well as producing $427 million in capital investments.
The Greater Hall Chamber’s 9th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon was held today at the Chattahoochee Country Club to honor these leaders of industry who drive the economy in the Gainesville/Hall County area. The event was presented by Lanier Technical College with additional awards being for workforce excellence and corporate responsibility.
Keynote speaker Gretchen Corbin, Commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia, talks about the unique partnerships Georgia has between local school systems, the state technical colleges and partners in business and industry. The following award recipients represent the latter in employing Georgia’s best and brightest in the Hall County area.
The 2016 Industry of the Year Awards were presented to Murray Plastics Inc. (Small Employer Category – 0-50 employees), Tatsumi Intermodal USA Inc. (Medium Employer Category – 51-200 employees), SKF USA Inc. (Large Employer Category – 251+ employees), The Sherwin Williams Company (Corporate Responsibility), FAE USA Inc. (Environmental Stewardship), Georgia Powder Coating (Safety Culture) and Gold Creek Foods LLC (Workforce Excellence).
Murray Plastics specializes in custom plastic injection molding. For 18 years, Murray Plastics has been serving customers as well as manufacturing companies in the Greater Hall area. The company employs 37 people, and with each new year they strive to promote manufacturing in America and in Georgia specifically.
Tatsumi Intermodal specializes in international logistics services primarily for Kubota Manufacturing of America and Shintone. Tatsumi plans to expand their footprint for the fourth time since establishing operations in Hall County 16 years ago.
SKF USA Inc. is a leading manufacturer of bearings for automotive and industrial. They have been located in the Greater Hall area for forty-two years and currently employ 260 people. Over the next two years, SKF USA will invest in additional jobs, manufacturing processes and technologies for new production at their Flowery Branch factory to support their customers and expanded Industrial and Automotive business.
The Sherwin Williams Company is an American Fortune 500 company, and the Buford facility is a Distribution Center serving over 600 Sherwin Williams stores in the Southeastern U.S. with some 270 people. Sherwin Williams shines in the area of corporate responsibility and takes pride in making our local organizations stronger and more sustainable.
FAE USA is a leading distributor of forestry and construction land clearing attachments. The Italian-based company has been located in Oakwood South Industrial Park for a decade and employs 15 people. This year they have reduced their energy and water usage and banned smoking on their property. FAE also contributes to Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville.
Georgia Powder Coating provides powder coating to companies throughout the entire United States. They have been located in Gainesville for 17 years and employ 49 people. Over the last year they have expanded their customer base, increased sales, and invested in new equipment. They offer CPR certification to the employees and have installed automated external defibrillator machines.
Gold Creek Foods is a poultry processor specializing in custom portioning of all poultry products for both domestic U.S. and over 30 countries throughout the world. The Gold Creek Foods plant employs 800 people in Gainesville-Hall County since locating there five years ago. Employees are treated to annual Back to School Events, Mothers and Father’s Day cookouts, and discounted rates at the YMCA. Also a free company nurse, clinic, and annual health and hearing screening reflects Gold Creek’s willingness to go above and beyond to give back to their employees.