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Frito-Lay and Boeing Macon Honored



Frito-Lay, Boeing Macon honored





 Middle Georgia racked up at the annual Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week awards ceremony in Atlanta.

The Frito-Lay plant in Perry was named Manufacturer of the Year in the large company category, while Boeing in Macon took home the honor for the medium category.


 The midstate even had a winner in the student poster contest.


Georgia Manufacturing Appreciation Week is held by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to honor the more than 9,000 manufacturing facilities located in Georgia. Those plants, according to Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office, provide 408,427 jobs and contribute more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year, according to news releases about Thursday’s event.


More than 120 Frito-Lay employees from Perry attended Thursday’s ceremony. “We share this with the 1,200 more people still making your favorite chips as we speak,” Bob Crain, Frito-Lay’s southeastern regional vice president of operations, said when accepting the award.


Reed Morren, Boeing Macon site leader, said his company’s award “bears witness to the collaborative partnerships” the company has with the Georgia Quick Start training program and Central Georgia Technical College, which nominated the company.


“Achieving this distinction is truly an honor and a testament to the hard work, dedication and outstanding performance of Team Macon employees who provide superior products to meet unique needs of our military customers,” Morren said in a statement Friday.


Frito-Lay was nominated by Middle Georgia Technical College.


“The relationship we have with the state of Georgia, and their support for the manufacturing community, could not be any better,” Crain said at the ceremony.


Employees at the Perry plant celebrated Friday by putting up two “very big” banners facing Ga. 247, said technical manager Craig Hoffman.


“It was a great day for the Perry plant, a great day for Frito-Lay and great honor to receive the award from the governor,” Hoffman said Friday.


Frito-Lay opened its Houston County facility in 1988 with two production lines and 150 employees. Today, after six major expansions, more than 1,300 people work there.


Boeing, which was nominated by Central Georgia Technical College, has been in Macon for about two decades. The plant has 487 employees who make subassemblies for military aircraft — the C-17 Globemaster and Chinook Helicopter — and recently added a new product, the wing of the A-10 Thunderbolt II. The company, according to the news release, contributed more than $40 million a year in wages and benefits, and spends an additional $200 million with Georgia-based suppliers and vendors.


In the student design contest, Erica Smith, a sixth-grader from Jeffersonville, won third place in the poster category. She was award a $100 scholarship check.

 The Telegraph

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