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Manufacturing Appreciation Week to be celebrated in Dawson County
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Commissioners Chris Gaines, Sharon Fausett, Chairman Billy Thurmond, and Julie Nix present Chamber Economic Development Director Betsy McGriff with proclamation declaring April 15-18 Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Dawson County. - Photo for the Dawson County News

Georgia’s 25th Manufacturing Appreciation Week will be held April 15-18. During this week, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce and the Development Authority of Dawson County will celebrate local manufacturers and industrial suppliers with staff visits to show appreciation and spotlight posts on social media. To kick off the celebration and recognize the positive impact of local manufacturers, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution of support at its April 11 voting session.

Manufacturers and industrial suppliers play a vital role in the local economy. In Dawson County, the average annual wage for manufacturing-based employment is $10,000 more than the overall county average annual wage.

Additionally, manufacturing facilities place a low burden on public services, enhance the diversity of the tax base, provide support to local nonprofits, and enrich the education of local students through work-based learning initiatives.

“We have a growing cluster of advanced manufacturing and metal working industries in Dawson County, several of whom are expanding and adding new product lines,” Chamber Economic Development Director Betsy McGriff said. “We are excited to place focus on these firms during Manufacturing Appreciation Week.”

The Chamber recognizes that saying 'thank you' to business and industry does not end with one week of appreciation. The Chamber staff and board, in partnership with the Development Authority, continues to work year-round to foster growth in the manufacturing sector and help connect these businesses to the community at large. Manufacturing growth in Dawson County will provide additional opportunities for citizens to work closer to home for a better wage and improved quality of life.

Manufacturing Appreciation Week is an annual event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and brings attention to the tremendous contribution manufacturing makes on Georgia’s economic growth. According to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, more than 9,000 manufacturing facilities exist in Georgia. These businesses provide 396,339 jobs, generate more than $23.1 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens, and contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.

Please follow @dawsonchambergram on Instagram and @dawsoncountychamber on Facebook to learn more about local manufacturing firms as they are spotlighted during Manufacturing Appreciation Week.