Great Dane Trailers in Statesboro was named Georgia Manufacturer of the Year in the category of 150-500 employees at a luncheon in Atlanta last week. The company is headquartered in Savannah.
Kings Hawaiian Bakery of Flowery Branch won in the category of more than 500 employees and Grenzebach Corp. of Newnan won in the category of 150 or fewer employees.
Gov. Nathan Deal presented the awards.
“We honor these winners for their excellence and for their contributions to our state’s economy and their local communities, Deal told the crowd gathered for the ceremony, a highlight of Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia, put on by the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Quick Start and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
“Every manufacturer in the room is an important part of the fabric of manufacturing in Georgia that keeps us all working in the right direction, and I want to thank them for being part of what has made Georgia the best state in the nation in which to do business for the fourth consecutive year.”
Brian Sage, vice president of manufacturing for Great Dane, said his company has deep roots in the state.
“We were founded in Savannah in 1900. In 1940, we developed the first refrigerated trailer in the industry. We chose this location because of the community support, the partnership with Ogeechee Technical College and its strategic location,” adding that Georgia Quick Start has been very helpful in the assessing and training of the company’s workforce.
This is the 23rd year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia, which is staged by the Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Quick Start and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Approximately 10,059 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, according to Deal’s proclamation, and they provide roughly 386,600 jobs, generating nearly $20.3 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens and contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.