At its board of directors meeting on July 16, Central Georgia Technical College recognized Covidien and DeLong's Gizzard Equipment, two area businesses who were recently nominated for Georgia’s Manufacturer of the Year.
David Robertson from Covidien and Mary Murray of DeLong's Gizzard Equipment were recognized by the board and received plaques from college president Dr. Ronald D. Natale, II. Both companies were previously recognized at the 2008 Manufacturer of the Year Awards Luncheon on April 17 in Atlanta.
The Manufacturer of the Year Award is given to companies in small, medium and large manufacturer categories that exhibit a high degree of corporate responsibility, economic impact on Georgia and workforce excellence. The program is presented by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Covidien (now First Quality Services) is the first facility in Georgia to receive the Governor’s award for utilizing the Georgia Certified Work Ready program to assess their entire workforce in applied math, reading for information and locating information.
Covidien has been operating in the same location for 36 years and employs 520 workers. They are strong corporate citizens in the Central Georgia area. Volunteer civic involvement includes $500,000 to Katrina Relief, United Way, American Cancer Relay for Life, Healthy Families of Georgia, and the Macon Rescue Mission just to name a few. They were voted 5th out of 61 total plants for productivity, safety, and quality and waste reduction. They also participate in educational partnerships with CGTC, Mercer University and Georgia Southern University.
About DeLong’s Gizzard Equipment
DeLong’s Gizzard Equipment has been manufacturing equipment and parts for the poultry processing industry in Gray, Georgia for the past thirty years. They are the only female owned and operated poultry equipment manufacturing company in the world. In 2005 they received the Best New Product Award in their industry and in 2003 they were Gold Medal winners at the International Poultry Expo. Adding seafood processing equipment to their product line put Jones County on the Georgia exports list with their unique products.
DeLong's is very active in the Jones County community and participates in the Chamber of Commerce, Emergency Management Association, Department of Recreation and public school system. They also sponsored an employee's trip to Nicaragua to provide medicine, equipment and educational materials to the residents there.
CGTC salutes these fine manufacturers for their high degree of corporate responsibility, workforce excellence, and economic impact on Central Georgia!