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Valdosta - Nearly 200 manufacturers call Lowndes County home, creating thousands of jobs for the community.

"Manufacturing outpaces our local University, our hospitals, our major Air Force Base, all of those combine," says Brad Lofton of the Lowndes County Industrial Authority.

State Senator Tim Golden say their presence is crucial in rural parts of the state.  "10% of our workforce works in manufacturing facilities in the state."

But their contributions are virtually invisible everywhere else. And he hopes the legislation he just introduced will change that.

It's called "Made in Georgia" and it will stamp that campaign logo on products produced in the state. "Its a way to highlight that manufacturing is still a viable issue that's important to our state," Golden says.

He hope the logo will drive more people to buy Georgia made products, supporting the state's economy and the companies that put food on the tables.

"When you buy something that's made right here in Georgia, you are helping your neighbor that works there or you relative that works there or your friend that works at one of these plants. We are keeping that money here in Georgia," Golden adds.

And it'd be one more incentive to convince new manufacturers that our state is where they belong.  "They want to feel like they are wanted here, like they belong here and there is a strong sense of community. And creating a pro-business state that supports industry is critically important," Lofton says.

If passed, we could see the logo on Georgia made products within the year.

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