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April Showers

Monday, April 2, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Missy Kendrick
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There is an old saying that “April Showers Bring May Flowers” so April is the perfect month to shower our existing industries with gratitude. The week of April 9 – 12, 2018 has been designated as Manufacturing Appreciation Week by the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Technical College System of Georgia. An annual luncheon is held in Atlanta where outstanding industries in small, medium and large categories are honored for their contributions to their communities and our state. Throughout the month, communities from all across the state will be passing resolutions in support of the capital investment and jobs created by the manufacturing sector. We will be recognizing that our industries are the first to be asked to sponsor our events, clubs and children and they are the first ones to step up. We will be reminded that our manufacturers pay more in taxes than they utilize in services and in many cases, are our largest single employers and tax payers. Our manufacturers are also the largest provider of health benefits for employees, which in turn affects the insurance rebate checks received by our counties. They provide our volunteers and our locations for meetings and tours, and have the highest average wages.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, every $1.00 spent in manufacturing adds another $1.89 to our economy. This is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. Using IMPLAN calculations, every single job in manufacturing generates another four jobs elsewhere – and these are considered to be conservative impacts. Suffice it to say that it is right to dedicate a week and a month to the importance of our manufacturers.

Our GEDA meeting this month also focuses on a manufacturer who has constructed a revolutionary new customer experience center in Cherokee County. Yanmar America Corporation, headquartered in Adairsville and based in Osaka, Japan is the world’s first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. A company philosophy from its beginning, focuses on sustainability.  Representatives from Yanmar’s facility in Cherokee County will share this on a panel, as well as their desire to work within and be a part of the community. I hope that you will join us on April 16, 2018 to see how manufacturing and tourism have joined to generate success for Cherokee County. You can learn more about this event and register by clicking HERE.

Contact your manufacturers this month and shower them with support and encouragement, and you will see them bloom where they are planted! Happy Easter!

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