Richard Kopelman, Chairman of the Next Generation Manufacturing Conference, believes there are two main challenges for Georgia’s manufacturing companies: finding qualified workers and using government incentives effectively. “Eight-two percent of manufacturers aren’t taking advantage of the tax credits and incentives available to them,” explained Kopelman, who is also a CPA and managing partner at accounting firm Habif, Arogti and Wynne.
Federal officials have issued safety citations at a manufacturing plant in northern Georgia. Department of Labor officials announced Thursday that they've issued seven safety and health violations to a Dayton Superior Corp. plant in Braselton.
State labor officials say Georgia's jobless rate has risen to 8.8 percent. The Georgia Department of Labor released July's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate early Thursday. It is up from last month's 8.5 percent rate, but still lower than the 9.1 percent from July a year ago.
Company officials say work on a huge new Starbucks Coffee Co. manufacturing plant in Augusta remains on schedule for an early 2014 completion date. More than 140 workers will be employed at the Starbucks site in Augusta Corporate Park. The Seattle-based coffee company is the first to locate in the industrial park.
Georgia manufacturing activity slowed for the fourth consecutive month in August. The Kennesaw State University Econometric Center's monthly purchasing manager's index has fallen more than 13 points since April. In August, it was barely above 50 – the line between a growing industry and one that’s retracting.
Representatives from the wind power industry are gathering in Atlanta this week. They say Georgia and the rest of the southeast show great promise to grow wind manufacturing jobs. But they are worried about losing a federal subsidy.