The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) celebrated its 11th anniversary on Feb. 7 at the 1818 Club in Duluth.
Over 100 industry leaders from around the state came to show support for GMA and its founder Jason Moss. A special resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives recognized the accomplishments of Moss and the organization citing that GMA provides a unique platform for the state’s manufacturing leaders to share best practices and create strategic partnerships.
“The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance began in 2008 with a core group of 15 manufacturers and service providers that saw a need to find local resources for their industry,” said Moss. “They wanted to buy, sell and trade locally, but did not have the platform or resources to make the connections. Our organization is now 325 members strong representing over 70,000 employees with six chapters across the state.”
Moss shared some of the GMA Highlights from 2018, which included:
♦Ribbon cutting at new GMA headquarters.
♦100 new members and five new annual sponsors – now reaching over 325 members statewide.
♦18 Joint Industry Association of Georgia (JIAG) partners.
♦120 plant tours, educational workshops and networking events throughout the state.
♦BuyFromGA.com website developed to promote consumer-based products.
♦Over 800 attendees at the Georgia Manufacturing Summit with keynotes from Gulfstream president Mark Burns and Thrush Aircraft vice president Eric Rojek.
♦4th Annual People of Manufacturing Awards.
♦Two editions of the Georgia Manufacturing Directory - The No. 1 resource guide for the manufacturing community.
♦Press coverage in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Business RadioX, Cobb Business Journal, Gwinnett Daily Post, IndustrialSage, Marietta Daily Journal, Savannah News, Supply Chain NOW Radio and Welding Journal along with many other media sources.
Part of the proceeds from GMA’s 10th anniversary went to support the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO), which provides housing and resources for veterans in transition.
VEO is GMA’s charity of choice for 2019 and VEO Ambassador Dan Valentine shared their vision for 2019. VEO’s Self-Sufficiency Model, which focuses on taking “Invisible Veterans” off the streets of cities and placing them into a safety net of support that provides immediate and long-term housing, skills training and work opportunities.
For more information, call 770-338-0051 or visit https://www.GeorgiaManufacturingAlliance.com.