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Newsmakers in Business, April 20
Charles DuBose

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DuBose joins Gainesville law firm Stewart Melvin & Frost as partner

Charles Elton “Chuck” DuBose Jr., a legal specialist in workers compensation defense litigation, has been named a partner at the Stewart Melvin & Frost law firm in Gainesville.

Since 2000, DuBose has focused his practice on workers’ comp defense work, primarily representing employers, insurers and third-party administrators. His client base spans the manufacturing, retail, insurance, banking, health care, trucking and construction industries.

“Chuck DuBose has built a strong workers’ compensation defense practice over the course of his career,” said Randall Frost, managing partner of Stewart Melvin & Frost. “He is a great addition to our firm, and our clients will benefit tremendously from his knowledge and experience in this highly specialized field.”

DuBose joins Amanda Yenerall, another partner with Stewart Melvin & Frost, in the firm’s workers’ comp division.

In addition to his workers’ compensation practice, DuBose has experience in personal injury litigation, subrogation, criminal defense and domestic relations. He is nationally recognized by legal rating service Martindale Hubbell as AV Preeminent, the highest peer review ranking among AV-rated attorneys in the area of legal ability and ethical standards.

For more information, visit the firm’s website,

Harris Products Group’s Gainesville facility wins environmental award

The Harris Products Group manufacturing facility in Gainesville has earned a statewide environmental award for its efforts to reduce all types of waste and prevent water pollution.

The Georgia Association of Water Professionals honored Harris with the Water Pollution Prevention/Waste Minimization Award for 2012, the only Georgia company to receive the award. The facility also earned an Outstanding rating and a Certificate of Recognition for Indirect Wastewater Physical/Chemical Pretreatment.

Jimmy Duncan, operations manager for Gainesville, and Greg Baldwin, professional wastewater treatment operator, accepted the award March 27 at the association’s Industrial Conference & Expo at the Athens Classic Center in Athens.

“Environmental stewardship has always been an important value for The Harris Products Group, and we appreciate the GAWPs recognition of our commitment and efforts,” said Dan Marascalchi, the company’s vice president of global operations.

The Harris facility in Gainesville manufactures equipment used in gas cutting, brazing, soldering and welding, as well as gas distribution systems and specialty gas applications. The facility produces outfits, tips, gas regulators and manifold systems that are sold and distributed around the world.

“It’s really a credit to the hard work of all of our employees and their seriousness about being environmental stewards that led to this award,” Duncan said.

The GAWP is a not-for-profit association whose chief purpose is to educate and assist those who have an interest in the proper management and protection of Georgia’s water resources. For more information, visit

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