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:
Large employer, with 201 or more employees: Kubota Manufacturing of America, 2715 Ramsey Road
Medium employer, with 51-200 employees: Gainesville Coca-Cola Bottling Co., 2105 Browns Bridge Road
Small employer, with 1-50 employees: FAE USA Inc., 5321 Rafe Banks Drive
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.
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.”
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