Southwire Highlighted for Workforce Development, Sponsors Awards During Annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit

Carrollton, GA – October 11, 2019: Uniting manufacturers from across the state for a day of learning, networking and connection, the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance hosted its fifth-annual Georgia Manufacturing Summit on Oct. 9.

Each year, the Georgia Manufacturing Summit attracts nearly 1,000 industry professionals from across the Southeast to discuss issues most important to Georgia manufacturers. Business leaders have the unique opportunity to network with peers, share insights and learn from top-level manufacturing experts and keynote speakers.

Moria Howard, manager of recruitment marketing, shares insights into Southwire’s new employee brand, The People Behind the Power™

2019 marks the fourth year that Southwire has taken part in the Summit, and, this year, the company participated in an array of activities including hosting an exhibition booth for networking, discussing key topics around workforce development in the breakout sessions and sponsoring the annual People of Manufacturing Awards.

“We’ve been members of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance since 2017, and, in that time, we’ve been able to build relationships, learn best practices and see first-hand what other manufacturers are doing to grow the industry across the state,” said Jason Pollard, Southwire’s vice president of talent acquisition and communications. “From my perspective, the summit really brings together and epitomizes what GMA is all about, supporting Georgia’s manufacturing community. We were proud to participate in the 2019 event.”

As part of Southwire’s sponsorship, the company hosted the annual People of Manufacturing Awards, which are designed to highlight individual and team accomplishments by Georgia manufacturing professionals. Categories for the awards include front line leadership, plant manager, team safety and team operational excellence.

As a sponsor of this year’s People of Manufacturing Awards, Southwire was proud to present OFS with the Team Safety Award. Pictured L-R: Jason Pollard, Tyler Beegle, Gwendolyn Jordan-Howard, Ashley Bush and Jason Moss

“This year, we were fortunate for the opportunity to showcase the very best that Georgia has to offer in manufacturing through the People of Manufacturing awards, and it was truly rewarding to see the amazing things that are happening in our industry and across our state,” said Ashley Bush, Southwire’s director of communications and employee engagement. “A special congratulations goes out to Lori Whiting of Ranger MFG, Jonathan Hardesty of Superior Recreational Products, the OFS safety team and the Scientific Games team for their achievements!”


Southwire was pleased to present the Plant Manager of the Year award to Jonathan Hardesty of Superior Recreational Products. Pictured L-R: Jason Pollard, Jonathan Hardesty, Ashley Bush and Jason Moss


The summit also featured multiple breakout sessions that highlighted key industry trends including supply chain, safety, sales and marketing, smart factories, operational excellence and more. Southwire was featured in the Workforce Development session, where Cara Herzog, director of diversity, inclusion and workforce development, highlighted key initiatives and focus areas for Southwire relevant to attracting and retaining the best talent. Other companies represented on this panel included Kia and QuickStart.

“The opportunity to participate in GMA’s workforce development discussion illustrates one of the ways that partnership and collaboration can make us stronger,” said Herzog. “We were able to share with pride the strides we’ve made in building the skills of our current employees while simultaneously investing to prepare for the future. Our commitment to attracting, developing, retaining and including diverse talent will allow us to reach our organizational goals and support Georgia’s position as a leading influence in manufacturing.”

Cara Herzog speaks about Southwire’s efforts to attract and retain the best talent during the summit’s Workforce Development panel discussion

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