Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, announced the winners of the 9th Annual Movers & Makers Awards yesterday during a ceremony at the Infinite Energy Forum. The event also featured a keynote address from Amazon’s Southeast Regional Director of Operations, Robert Packett.

“I am honored to be a part of the Movers & Makers Awards ceremony and talk about the exciting investments Amazon is making in the community. Amazon is proud to call Georgia home and provides more than 3,500 Georgians with great jobs across the state. Our first robotics fulfillment center in the state will launch in Stone Mountain later this year, adding 1,500 new full-time jobs, with industry leading pay and benefits starting on day one. The Movers & Makers Awards event honors the ongoing investment in the community and highlights the excitement and positive growth across Georgia. We look forward to continuing our commitment to being a good employer and good community partner in Gwinnett and across the state,” said Robert Packett.

Over 300 community leaders and industry experts attended the 2020 Movers & Makers Awards, presented by Jackson EMC. It is the largest event of its kind in Georgia and the County’s annual recognition of exceptional Gwinnett-based companies involved in manufacturing, processing, or distribution.

“Gwinnett Technical College has been the event partner for the Movers & Makers Awards since the program’s inception,” said Gwinnett Technical College President Dr. D. Glen Cannon. “The manufacturing and supply chain industries are a critical part of our economy and we are proud to support these programs.  With the opening of our Center for Automated Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, we will be able to provide even more opportunities for students, and support for business partners.”

The three Manufacturer of the Year winners for 2020 include:

The two Supply Chain Pioneer of the Year award winners for 2019 include:

“We are very proud to be the presenting sponsor for this program,” said Jackson EMC Business Development Manager Jennifer Fennell. “Events like this are essential to highlight the importance of the manufacturing industry and their impact on our everyday lives.”

The 2020 Corporate Citizen Award went to Alternative Apparel. The award recognizes companies who go above and beyond to make their company and their community a great place to be.

The Movers & Makers Awards also recognized LAN Systems as the community’s MVP, Most Valuable Provider, to the manufacturing and supply chain industries.

This year’s event included the addition of the “Gwinnett Cares” recognition, which is designed to highlight companies who are serving Gwinnett citizens and the community through their hiring practices. This year’s honoree was Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US. The company has had a long-time partnership with Annandale Village and employed one of their residents for almost 12 years.

“Manufacturing and supply chain companies play a pivotal role in Gwinnett’s economic vitality,” said Partnership Gwinnett Project Manager Jassy Ji. “The Movers & Makers Awards strive to celebrate cutting-edge innovation in the industry and highlight the companies that will keep our community competitive in the technology-driven global market.”

For more information, or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit www.partnershipgwinnett.com.