Americus plant earns three awards - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Americus plant earns three awards

October 12, 2002

Americus- Collins and Aikman received not one, not two, but three different awards Saturday. The Americus plant has been recognized nationally by industry magazine as one of the ten best plants in the entire country.

"All I can do as a senior manager here is the best I can to support this workforce, and I can tell you from my heart I have never in 30 years of manufacturing been more proud of a workforce than I am of the folks in Americus, Georgia,"says Vice President of Operations Bob Carney.

Another was given for over one million hours worked without a lost time accident. Even Representative Sanford Bishop awarded the crew with Congressional recognition for outstanding achievement.

"That says a lot for the people here because I've always said that the people in this area are some of the best, some of the brightest, some of the most creative, and industrious anywhere in the world, and I think this award today proves that to be true," says Bishop.

So what exactly do the people at Collins and Aikman do? Collins and Aikman make facia, or front bumpers for Daimler Chrysler cars. In fact, this 26 year old plant is Daimler Chyrsler's number one exterior parts supplier.

So how do they manage to stay on top? Managers says its the employees. Workers like siblings Pat and Calvin Brown, who have worked their over 20 years.

"First of all it makes me feel grateful to God that we can do that because we have had our bad times, and we've had some times so bad that I wanted to jump ship, but I committed to staying here through the duration, and I'm glad I did because look at what happened today," says twenty-four year employee Pat Brown.

For them its a family affair their sister is an employee there and their father retired from the company just last year. They say its the loyality the company shows them, that keeps them at one of the best plants in the country.

Carney says its not unusual for employees to stay at Collins and Aikman for decades. The average seniority is 17 years and 40 of the original hundred employees still work there.

Posted at 6:20 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
  • South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    South Georgia city honored with state recognition

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-02-19 04:35:21 GMT
    The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)The City of Tifton was one of 9 communities honored with this recognition. (Source: WALB)

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>

    The City of Tifton hopes a new honor will help boost its economy and quality of life. This month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs recognized Tifton for successful planning.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly