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Industry of the Year Awards presented

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  Four Albany businesses were awarded for their achievements this morning at the Economic Development Commission's annual industry appreciation ceremony.

The event started off with a Rise N Shine breakfast, then the 2010 Industry of the Year awards were handed out.

Thrush Aircraft won the Global Commerce Award. MCLB's Maintenance Center Albany was awarded the Excellence in Innovation Award for the creation of their Mobile Trauma Bay, the first of its kind in the US armed forces.

Equinox Chemical Company was given the Economic Impact Award. And the coveted Good Life City award was handed to Proctor and Gamble for their many volunteer work and charitable contributions. 

"We have some really outstanding companies in Albany that we should be proud of as a community because they are the backbone of our local economy and the backbone of our way of life here in Albany. So we really celebrate the contributions they make," said EDC Executive Director Ted Clem.

Other finalists were Coats and Clark, Exopack, Miller Coors, Pratt Industries, and Sasco Chemical.

This morning's breakfast was just one part Albany-Dougherty's annual Industry Celebration Week.

  •  Here is more information from the EDC-

* Thrush Aircraft

Albany-based Thrush Aircraft is one of two global manufacturers of crop duster airplanes, which supply an aerial application used for controlling insects, weeds and diseases that threaten crops. Thrush Aircrafts are also used to fertilize crops and forests, fight wild fires, control insects and plant seeds from the air. Most recently, Thrush announced an exclusive partnership with General Electric Aviation that will place GE engines in Thrush aircrafts. Thrush employs 75 people. Of Thrush's total sales, 80 percent are export.


Equinox Chemical Co.

Equinox Chemical Co. specializes in the preparation and design of organic molecules and offers a wide range of synthetic services servicing government, R&D, pharmaceutical, food, flavor, fragrance, industrial coatings, polymers, semiconductor, alternative fuels and specialty chemical sectors. The Albany-based company, whose customers span the globe, employs 33 people.


Sasco Chemical Group

Albany-based Sasco Chemicals manufactures industrial cleaning supplies, slurry and powder dip for rubber products. Sasco exports to Asia, Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America. The company employs 41 people.



*Maintenance Center Albany

Maintenance Center Albany, a tenant aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, is a standout operation of the U.S. Department of Defense. The depot has been recognized and awarded by the DOD several times for life-saving developments and is the backbone of the Marine Corps' ability to sustain the warfighters' combat equipment. Most recently, MCA was responsible for the Mobile Trauma Bay, a mobile metal-encased unit in which Marine medical professionals can tend to the sick and wounded more safely than in standard tents. It is the first such unit in the U.S. Armed Forces. From concept to delivery in Afghanistan, MCA's Engineering and Integration Team developed the Mobile Trauma Bay in 80 days. Today, there are nine Mobile Trauma Bays. MCA employs about 1,900 workers.



What is today known as the Albany MillerCoors brewery, one of the top MC breweries in the country, set up shop locally in 1979. Throughout its history, MillerCoors has been putting forward-thinking practices into play – from Coors' patenting of a cork and bottle-washing machine to the introduction of the cold-activated bottle. In 2009, Albany's MillerCoors brewery announced it would brew Coors Light. At the same time, the local brewery installed a series of innovative machines made in France. MillerCoors in Albany employs 650.


Pratt Industries

Pratt Industries is a 100 percent green industry that operates a conversion facility in Albany- Dougherty County. Pratt's mission is simple: To be the best vertically-integrated paper, packaging and resource recovery company in the Western Hemisphere. The company is America's sixth-largest paper and packaging company, with more than 3,500 "green-collar" employees. Georgia-based Pratt was founded about two decades ago and operates facilities in more than 20 states. Pratt operates three of the most modern, cost-effective 100 percent recycled paper mills in the country. In Albany, Pratt produces corrugated packaging and employs about 50 workers.



*Equinox Chemical Co.

Equinox Chemical Co. started in 2003 with a handful of employees. Today, Equinox is a business with a global reach. Equinox specializes in the preparation and design of organic molecules and offers a wide range of synthetic services servicing government, R&D, pharmaceutical, food, flavor, fragrance, industrial coatings, polymers, semiconductor, alternative fuels and specialty chemical sectors. The Albany-based company employs 33 people. In late 2009, the company announced expansion plans and a capital investment in Albany-Dougherty County. Equinox employs 33 people and plans to hire another 40 – to include more administrative support, Ph.D. chemists, engineers and sales and marketing professionals – by year's end.



Albany's Exopack production facility is one of 18 the company operates in the United States and the United Kingdom. Exopack develops, manufactures and sources paper and plastic flexible packaging solutions and film coatings for a variety of consumer and industrial applications including pet products, food and beverage, medical device, lawn and garden, agriculture, chemicals and minerals, building materials and electronics. The Albany facility focuses on plastic flexible packaging. Exopack was established in 2001, but its roots go back more than 100 years, with the invention of the original paper grocery bag. Locally, Exopack employs 45 and recently expanded its Albany facility.


Coats & Clark

Coats & Clark, the world's largest textile conglomerate, has been a member of the Albany- Dougherty industrial community for more than 60 years. The Albany manufacturing facility is the only U.S. facility that produces yarn. Most recently, Coats & Clark consolidated its North American distribution operations to Albany, making the city its North American distribution hub. Coats' manufacturing facility employs about 300 people. Its expanded distribution operation includes a capital investment as well as the hiring of up to 25 people. Globally, the conglomerate employs 21,000 people in 71 countries.



*Procter & Gamble Procter & Gamble, which locally produces Bounty and Charmin, has been a member of the Albany-Dougherty County since 1972. During its decades here, it has become an integral member of the community, partnering not only on matters of industry and business climate but also on matters of quality of life. P&G makes charitable community contributions in areas including education, health and social services, arts/cultural/environmental, crime prevention and civic affairs.



MillerCoors located in Albany-Dougherty County in 1979. Since then, the facility has become one of the top MillerCoors breweries in the nation. Throughout the years the facility has partnered on plethora of programs benefiting the community, including Chehaw's "Sip and Safari" event, Leadership Georgia, the Georgia Environmental Leadership's Albany meeting, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, the SOWEGA Council on Aging's Meals on Wheels program and the Georgia Conservancy's "Blueprint for Success."

* Denotes winner

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