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.