Manufacturers, Art Winner Honored at Chamber Breakfast

Columbus Technical College and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce came together Thursday to honor our region’s manufacturers and two special young artists. The 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Breakfast was held on May 8th to recognize the winners of our region’s Manufacturer(s) of the Year in the small, medium, and large categories.

Also recognized were sixth-grader Markeis T. Couch from Central Middle School in Talbot county and tenth grader Shakiyah Carter (who was unable to attend) from Central High School. The two students were selected as our region’s art winners for Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week. They each were presented a certificate, a trophy, their artwork in a frame, and a Barnes & Noble gift card.

Sixth grader at Central Middle School in Talbotton, Markeis Couch, was the regional art winner for his age group. Left to right are: Dot Bass with Family Connections, Markeis, Talbot middle & high school teacher Kim Hatcher, and CTC President Lorette M. Hoover.

Sixth grader at Central Middle School in Talbotton, Markeis Couch, was the regional art winner for his age group. Left to right are: Dot Bass with Family Connections, Markeis, Central middle & high school teacher Kim Hatcher, and CTC President Lorette M. Hoover.

The crowd applauses Markeis being named the region's middle school art winner.

The crowd applauses Markeis for being named the region’s middle school art winner.

The winners for our area’s manufacturers of the year are:

Small category (fewer than 150 employees): Richland Rum from Richland, Georgia

Medium category (150-500 employees): Swift Spinning from Columbus

Large category (500 + employees): Pratt & Whitney from Columbus

Small manufacturer of the year winner = Richland Rum. Pictured are, Jackie Lowe/GA Power, Chunk Newman/Batson-Cook (and the TCSG State Board!), Karin & Erik Vonk/Richland Rum, President Hoover, and Mike Gaymon/Columbus Chamber CEO.

Small manufacturer of the year winner = Richland Rum. Pictured are: Jackie Lowe/GA Power, Chunk Newman/Batson-Cook (and the TCSG State Board!), Karin & Erik Vonk/Richland Rum, President Hoover, and Mike Gaymon/Columbus Chamber CEO.

 

Honoring Swift Spinning as the medium manufacturer winner in our region. Holding the commemorative plaque is VP of Human Resources for Swift, Charles Harp. — with Chunk Newman and Mike Gaymon at Green Island Country Club.

Honoring Swift Spinning as the medium manufacturer winner in our region. Holding the commemorative plaque is VP of Human Resources for Swift, Charles Harp.

Congratulations to Pratt & Whitney for being named our large manufacturer winner. Pictured from Pratt are (third from left): Victor Morales and Tom Bode.

Congratulations to Pratt & Whitney for being named our large manufacturer winner. Pictured from Pratt are (third from left): Victor Morales and Tom Bode.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) celebrated it’s 20th anniversary this year. It was developed by the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) and the Georgia Department of Economic Development. For more information, visit the Georgia MAW website.