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These companies won top awards at chamber’s Industry of the Year luncheon
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Chris Tison, of FAE USA, works on a Prime Tech PT-300 land clearing and mulching machine Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the company's Oakwood South Industrial Park location. The firm won the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Industry of the Year Award for the small employer category. - photo by Scott Rogers

Area business leaders celebrated a booming industry climate in Hall County at a luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 13, recognizing several companies in particular for their performance.

Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Industry of the Year top awards were handed out in three categories:

The awards were presented during a luncheon at the Chattahoochee Country Club in Gainesville.

Sponsored by Lanier Technical College, the program honors existing industry leaders based on “economic impact, workforce excellence and corporate responsibility,” according to the chamber.

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Employees work along the assembly line at Kubota on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. - photo by Austin Steele

Other award winners were Syfan Logistics, which was recognized for corporate responsibility; ALBAform Inc., safety commitment; Wilheit Packaging, environmental stewardship; Boost Transport LLC, workforce excellence; and ABB, workforce development.

“I want to thank you … for everything you do to make our community as great as it is,” Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan said.

Richard Higgins, Hall County Board of Commissioners chairman, also praised the winners.

“We’re committed to working with (the businesses) in our county,” he said. “ … We’re working together toward common goals, and we appreciate everything everybody does.”

Anne Kaiser, chairwoman of the Technical College System of Georgia, was the event’s keynote speaker.

“I’m honored to see this full room,” she said. “Do you realize that one out of three jobs in your county are in manufacturing, that you have an economic impact of $2 billion, that you’re fourth in the state in that … investment?

“The main thing to know is you’re doing an unbelievable job and how much we need your continued leadership.”

Award winners

Here’s a list of companies receiving awards at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Industry of the Year luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 13:

  • Kubota Manufacturing of America: top large employer
  • Gainesville Coca-Cola Bottling Co.: top medium employer
  • FAE USA Inc.: top small employer
  • Syfan Logistics: corporate responsibility
  • ALBAform Inc.: safety commitment
  • Wilheit Packaging: environmental stewardship
  • Boost Transport LLC: workforce excellence
  • ABB: workforce development