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What gets made in Forsyth? Local manufacturers honored during annual event
Winners of the second annual Manufacturers of Distinction and Leadership (MODL) awards stand with members of the South Forsyth Rotary Club after being selected for the awards on Wednesday. - photo by Kelly Whitmire

Four local businesses were honored this week for their roles in manufacturing within Forsyth County.

On Wednesday, the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce and the South Forsyth Rotary Club hosted the second annual Forsyth County Manufacturers of Distinction and Leadership (MODL) awards at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

Award winners were Hansgrohe – a manufacturer of luxury bath and kitchen fixtures – and Manufacturing Resources International – which manufactures digital outdoor LCD display solutions — for medium businesses and Scientific Games, a global producer of gaming and lottery products, for the large business.

The winners will go on to represent the county at the state awards.

Forsyth County Schools students Lauren Kyle, left, and Abby Moore, right, stand with members of the South Forsyth Rotary Club after winning student art design awards. - photo by Kelly Whitmire
“As I read the descriptions of these companies, I’m glad I was not a judge,” said Rodney Moore, president of Express Employment Professionals, who presented the awards. “I know it’s difficult.

Melissa Hornsby, with MRI, said it meant a lot for the company to be recognized.

“It feels wonderful that we’re a big enough part of the community to be recognized,” she said. “We're very excited to be part of this.”

American BOA, which manufactures metal products for industrial and automotive markets, and Specialty Appliances, a digital orthodontic laboratory, were also finalists for the awards.

Metcam Inc., a winner last year, was also recognized as the winner of a new environmental sustainability award. Metcam was named Georgia’s Small Manufacturer of the Year this April by Gov. Nathan Deal.

“Their mission is to produce the highest quality products delivered on time,” Moore said.

Local schools were also honored with awards, including students Lauren Kyle, a fifth-grader at Matt Elementary School, and Abby Moore, a Lambert High School freshman. Like the manufacturers, the students will go to the state level.

Moore said it was “really cool” to have her art chosen and Kyle said it was “surprising.”

South Forsyth High School’s Travis Hodges was also named engineering and manufacturing high school educator of the year.

The event’s keynote speakers were Lanier Technical College President Ray Perren, who spoke on preparing tomorrow’s workforce, and Thomas Martin with GLOBALT Investments, who gave a review of manufacturing trends in the state and nationally.