Press Release

Jacobi Sims, a sixth grader Ralph Bunche Middle School, was honored on April 17, 2014, for his artwork supporting Georgia’s manufacturing industry.

Larry Callahan, CEO, Pattillo Industrial Real Estate; Jacobi Sims, Ralph Bunch Middle School Student; and Pedro Cherry, Vice President, Community and Economic Development, Georgia Power.

Sims took third place in the middle school division of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. He received a $100 scholarship check at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon, held at the Georgia International Convention Center.  Terriana Irvin, a student at Camp Creek Middle School earned the honorable mention designation in the middle school competition and received a scholarship in the amount of $50.

“These winners are the best and the brightest, and our future depends on them and their understanding of the creative process,” said Larry Callahan, CEO of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate, as the awards were being presented.

Students from around the state sent their original artwork featuring Georgia manufacturers and products, to their local technical college.  Jacobi and Terrian’s designs were submitted by Atlanta Technical College. Winners were named for grades 9-12, 6-8, and K-5.

During the MAW ceremonies, Governor Nathan Deal named Georgia’s 2014 Manufacturers of the Year. Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation in Savannah and Brunswick won in the large manufacturer category (more than 500 employees); Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas in Monroe won in the medium manufacturer category (150-500 employees); and Tucker’s ddFoodSolutions won in the small manufacturer category (fewer than 150 employees).

Co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the awards luncheon is the highlight of MAW, celebrated this year April 14-18. This is the 20th year celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week in Georgia.