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GPTC Hosts Manufacturer Appreciation Week Luncheon
Nominees to compete for Manufacturer of the Year Award

Newton County - April 25, 2017

Georgia Piedmont Technical College recently welcomed leadership teams from nine local businesses and industries, as well as civic and elected officials, to its annual Manufacturer Appreciation Luncheon, held at the college’s Newton County campus.  Georgia Piedmont hosts this luncheon to recognize companies that have been nominated by Georgia Piedmont to compete in the annual statewide Manufacturer of the Year competition.

“In August 2016, I had an opportunity to join our commissioner as she met with manufacturing companies to determine how technical colleges could be of greater service to them,” said Dr. Jabari Simama, president of Georgia Piedmont.  “As a result of those meetings and Commissioner Corbin’s support, Georgia Piedmont Technical College was able to secure nearly $1 million in funding from the state’s world-class labs program to bring new advanced manufacturing labs online.”

Georgia Piedmont’s celebration at its Newton campus is a pre-cursor to the statewide Manufacturing Appreciation Week luncheon.  Each year, Georgia Piedmont Technical College consults with local chambers of commerce and other economic development entities to identify companies to nominate for the Manufacturer of the Year competition. 

This year’s nominees are:
Newton County
Beaver Manufacturing Company, Inc.                      
Michelin Tread Technologies Company        

Morgan County
Bulldog Steel Fabrication                                                       
Mannington Mills, Inc.            

Rockdale County
Evans Tool and Die, Inc.                                                       
Golden State Foods                                                               
Pratt Industries, Inc.                                       
DeKalb County
Trojan Battery Company  

The statewide Manufacturing Appreciation Week awards luncheon, which is a joint effort sponsored by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta on April 27, 2017.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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