Lowndes County and Valdosta kick off first Manufacturing Day

| October 4, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

VALDOSTA – On Monday, Valdosta and Lowndes County came together to recognize their local manufacturers.

A proclamation kicked off the first Manufacturing Day in the City and County.

They say it’s to show appreciation to over 40 manufacturers, and nearly 4,000 people it employs in the area.

“Existing industries are your largest job creator in any community,” says Andrea Schuijer, with the Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority. “We make a huge investment in attracting those industries to our community. We want to continue to see them grow and succeed here. That’s really the importance of manufacturing week.”

The Development Authority says manufacturing accounts for nearly 80% of new jobs in South Georgia.

They say most of that growth comes from existing industries, which is anything from paper manufacturing to food processing.

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