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Panduit marks milestone
Officials credit employees for plant’s success
Panduit Georgia employees who have been with the company for more than 25 years gathered together during the company’s 35th anniversary celebration Aug. 20. They included, from left: Connie Hallman, 30 years; Gene Boyd, 28 years; Judy Mulkey, 28 years; Joey Jennings, 31 years; Gary Gulotta, 32 years; Ruth Collins, 32 years; Tracy Powers, 28 years; and Norma Lewis, 29 years. - photo by Crystal Ledford

SOUTH FORSYTH — A local manufacturing company recently celebrated a major milestone.

Panduit Georgia, located on Hwy. 9 near Pendley Road, marked 35 years of business in Cumming.  

While the business produces electronic components for data management and technology information industries, the people of Panduit say the company is about much more than just wires and machinery.

“It’s definitely like a family,” said Gene Boyd, who has worked at the local site for 28 years. “The family who started Panduit has always been very family-oriented, so once you get in, you never want to leave.”

That sentiment seemed to be common among employees.

“This company gave me a job when I really needed one and it allowed me to put my kids through school,” said Ruth Collins, who has been with Panduit for 28 years.

“It really is a family, especially among those of us who have been here so long. We’ve seen each other’s kids grow up, and a lot them have come to work here too.”

The company, which was founded in Chicago in 1955, began its Cumming operation out of a basement in 1979. A few years later it relocated to its current site, which has undergone several expansions over the years.

For its anniversary, the company offered fun rewards last week to its more than 150 employees, including cake, T-shirts and a free meal in the on-site cafeteria.

Gary Zernach, senior manager of operations, said it was a pleasure to offer a week of recognition to the workers, who are its greatest asset.

“A lot of people we have are longtime tenured,” he said. “We really want to emphasize that our people are what make this a great place and a great business.”