Chamber marks Manufacturing Appreciation Week with facility tours

The Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week by offering people in the community a peak into the industry.

“It is a chance for the chamber and our community to say thank you for the capital investment, community involvement, employment and support our manufacturers provide to Bartow County,” Tamara Brock from the city of Cartersville said in a press release.

Developed by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to recognize the state’s manufacturing companies, MAW will be observed April 24-28 and will feature an awards luncheon to name the Manufacturers of the Year next Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.

To recognize Bartow County’s manufacturers, the chamber will host two MAW industry tours of local manufacturing facilities Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“The chamber uses the tours as a way to highlight local manufacturers in Bartow County and the many contributions that they make to our community,” Brock said. “These tours provide a wonderful opportunity to our community to experience manufacturing facilities firsthand and to see what goes into the process of manufacturing goods in our own community.”

Tuesday’s tour will take guests to USG in Cartersville in the morning and the Cartersville Water Department’s water treatment plant and water pollution control plant in the afternoon. On Wednesday, the morning tour will go to Shaw Floors in Adairsville, and the afternoon tour will feature voestalpine and Komatsu.  

Tour participants must meet at and leave from the chamber at 122 W. Main St. in Cartersville at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m. Wednesday and will return no later than 5 p.m. each day.

The cost is $40 for one day or $70 for both days and includes transportation and lunch provided by Swheat Market and Chick-fil-A.

The registration deadline is Friday.

Jessica Hill, community development director for the chamber, said she is expecting about 30 tour participants each day.

“As expected, we are seeing high volumes in business and community members interested in touring our local manufacturers,” she said. “It is a great chance for the public to be able to get an inside look into these plants.”

Participants must wear pants and comfortable, closed-toe walking shoes; not wear jewelry, loose clothing, high heels or flip flops (those who wear heels or flip flops will not be allowed to participate and won’t receive a refund); and have hair pulled back with hair tie. They are also asked not to solicit the hosts during the tours, but they may leave their business card when the tour has ended.

Brock said the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development is working with the chamber to sponsor Manufacturing Appreciation Week.

“Cartersville and Bartow County are proud of the 180 years of industry in the community and the more than 140 manufacturers that contribute more than $380 million in payroll,” she said.

Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor also signed a proclamation Monday to help the chamber commemorate the week.

A host of sponsors also have helped with the celebration: presenting sponsors, Chattahoochee Technical College, city of Cartersville Electric System, Georgia Power, BusMax Rent-a-Bus, Cartersville Medical Center and North Georgia Staffing; patrons, Bartow County, the city of Cartersville, Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development, Georgia Highlands College, Southern Machine and Fabrication, Family Savings Credit Union and Berry College Campbell School of Business; friends, Preferred Personnel Solutions, Americo Manufacturing, Jibe Staffing, Advanced Rehabilitation, Georgia Bone and Joint and Hilton Garden Inn.  

For information, call the chamber at 770-382-1466 or visit 

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