Four manufacturing members of the Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce were nominated for the 2016 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year and recognized at an awards luncheon during Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW). E. Smith Box Company; Evans Tool & Die, Inc./Evans Metal Stamping, Inc.; Golden State Foods; and Pratt Industries, Inc. were nominated for this prestigious award. Congratulations!

The nominees were honored at the Governor’s Awards Luncheon on April 21st at the Georgia International Convention Center. The awards luncheon was one of the highlights during the 22nd Annual MAW, which took place from April 18 through 22, 2016. The awards luncheon was co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

Nominations were made by business and civic leaders based on excellence and contributions to the state and local economies. To qualify, the manufacturers had to demonstrate impact to the economy, corporate responsibility, and workplace excellence. There were three categories of nominations, based on manufacturer’s size, for this prestigious award.

Smith Box Inc. and Evans Tool & Die, Inc./Evans Metal Stamping, Inc. were nominated in the category of 150 or fewer employees. Golden State Foods was nominated in the category of 150-500 employees. Pratt Industries, Inc. was nominated in the category of 500 or more employees.

Our local manufacturers who were nominees have a history of success. Besides having achieved many awards, each of these companies has had leaders on the Chamber board and graduates in our Leadership Rockdale program. For example, Dee Barnes, who is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Evans Tool & Die, Inc./Evans Metal Stamping, Inc., is the Chamber’s 2016 Chair Elect and past recipient of the 2013 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year. Jaquacer “J” Middlebrooks, President at E. Smith Box, Inc., is the recipient of the 2016 Jerry Barboe Small Business Person of the Year.

As leading manufacturers in their industries, these companies have continuously supported the Chamber to help in the success of many of our programs. For example, both Golden State Foods and Pratt Industries have generously provided support as Education Partners and as locations for Leadership Rockdale classes to tour during Business and Industry Day.

We are grateful for the influence of these four nominated manufacturers. We are honored and proud that they have chosen the Conyers-Rockdale community for their operations. We value their contributions to the community and we look forward to their continued growth.