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History and Mission

Supporting Georgia's Manufacturing Community

Our Mission

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) is the fastest growing community of industry professionals in the state. Since 2008, GMA has provided the premier platform for manufacturing leaders to form strategic alliances, share best business practices, and make profitable business connections.


History

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) was founded in 2008 by Jason Moss who envisioned a network that would support Georgia’s manufacturing community. At that time, he was a regional sales representative for a software company providing 3D CAD software for manufacturing companies. As he researched groups for the industry, he discovered that most served a very small segment of the overall manufacturing space. Mr. Moss knew strategic alliances could be made if these industry leaders could work together to support the entire manufacturing community.

Originally founded under the name Networking MFG, his organization began with a core group of 15 manufacturers and service providers that saw a need to find local resources for their industry. They wanted to buy, sell and trade locally, but did not have the platform and resources to make the connections. As the organization grew and evolved, the name was changed to the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance to better describe the mission of having Georgia’s manufacturing community working together in harmony, in one alliance.

The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance now has six chapters across the state that are facilitated by volunteer chapter directors. The GMA staff and Chapter Directors work together to identify quality manufacturers, coordinate plant tours, and provide educational workshops in their regions. Each month GMA provides at least 5 plant tours where others can learn best business practices from their peers. Some tours this year included KIA, Kings Hawaiian, Daniel Defense, Bitzer USA, Olympic Steel, and MTI Baths, and a broad selection of tours are planned for the rest of 2017. GMA also provides educational workshops and networking events each month so the manufacturing industry can share ideas and stay up to date on an ever-evolving industry. With coverage from Savannah to LaGrange and Gainesville to Macon, GMA serves the entire state.

This year, GMA will provide more than 120 events making the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance the most active organization in the state directly supporting manufacturers.

Their capstone event of the year, the Georgia Manufacturing Summit, is held each October at the Cobb Galleria. This annual Summit focuses on the people, plants and products that help create a more vibrant manufacturing environment in our state.

The focus of the 2017 Summit  was “How the Food & Beverage Industry Impacts the Manufacturing Community”, and attracted  over 600 attendees. More than twenty industry leaders, including Keynote Speakers Rob Dugas, V.P. & Chief Procurement Officer of Chick-fil-A, and Debra Shankle, V.P. of Supply Chain for Coca-Cola North America,  shared the latest trends to track and their recommendations for a more successful future.


Other resources that have been developed by the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance include:

  • Georgia Manufacturing Summit -  Held each October at the Cobb Galleria, this is "The Manufacturing Event of the Year" that attracts over 800 industry professionals from across the Southeast
  • The “Buy from Georgia Month Proclamation” – Industry leaders from across the state join GMA Members  at the State Capitol to recognize the importance of Georgia Made Products.
  • The Georgia Manufacturing Directory – A desktop and online listing of GMA members that manufacture and provide services to the manufacturing community.
  • BuyFromGeorgia.com – This website highlights over a 1,000 products that are made in Georgia.  These items can be bought on Amazon throught this site.
  • GeorgiaManufacturingCalendar.com --This website was developed to help over 10 industry associations (such as APICS, GAMA & Women in Manufacturing) share their events with manufacturing professionals across the state

To learn more about the organization, membership, and upcoming events please call 770-338-0051.

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