Atlanta, GA—April 2016: Railey Ramhofer, a fourth grader at Cross Creek Elementary School in Thomasville, had lunch with Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday. Ramhofer won second place in the 2016 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest in the kindergarten through fifth grade category. She received a $300 scholarship check presented by Gov. Nathan Deal at the MAW awards luncheon held on April 21 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta.
“I feel really happy about winning,” said Railey at the luncheon. She explained that the polka dots incorporated in her design were the clever solution to an accidental marker mishap: “the marker exploded all over my paper, so I made them into polka dots,” she said.
Students from around the state submitted design entries featuring Georgia manufacturers and their products.
The awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 18-22. Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, MAW brings attention to this significant component of Georgia’s economy. According to Gov. Nathan Deal’s proclamation declaring Manufacturing Appreciation Week, nearly 9,456 manufacturing facilities are located in Georgia, and they provide 364,724 jobs, generating nearly $20.1 billion in wages for Georgia’s citizens and contributing more than $100 billion to the state’s economy each year.
This is the 22nd year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia. This year’s sponsors included APICS – The Premier Association for Supply Chain Management; Georgia’s Center of Innovation for Manufacturing; The Georgia Association of Manufacturers; The Georgia Chamber of Commerce; The Georgia Department of Labor; The Georgia Employers Association; The Georgia Manufacturing Alliance; The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology; Georgia Power; Next Generation Manufacturing, and Habif, Arogeti & Wynne.
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