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Top manufacturers honored

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce recognized four Albany manufacturers Tuesday at the Industry Appreciation Rise 'N' Shine Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission President Ted Clem handed out awards for Global Commerce to Pfzier Inc; Excellence in Innovation to Lawson Industries; Economic Impact to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, and The Goodlife City Award to MillerCoors.

"In 2010, existing industries invested more than $25.5 million in our community and created more than 80 new jobs. That investment speaks to their commitment to our community and their belief that they can be successful here," Clem said. "One of the objectives of the awards is to promote our industries and increase awareness about them.

"We are fortunate in Albany-Dougherty County to have a diversified, outstanding roster of industries. We should be proud of this. Not every community is as lucky as we are."

Below is a breakdown of Tuesday morning's winners:

- Pfizer manufactures ThermaCare, air-activated therapeutic heat wraps. Domestically, ThermaCare has been a favorite for over-the-counter joint and muscle pain management. With steady work and a clear strategy, the product has made its way into the global market as well. Today, ThermaCare -- which is produced only in Albany -- exports about 38 percent of its product to international markets."

- Lawson Industries' approach to building a new catalytic converter won them the Specialty Equipment Market Association's Global Media Award for new engineered products. Created as a single piece instead of the more traditional two pieces, Lawson's QwikCat Spun Catalytic Converter features a high-flowing ceramic core and an innovative wash-coat for efficient emissions reduction.

- MCLB-Albany, aboard which are major tenants Maintenance Center Albany and Headquarters Marine Corps Logistics Command, employs about 4,900 Marines, civilians and contractors. For fiscal year 2009, the base's economic impact was $657.4 million.

- MillerCoors has been a part of the Albany-Dougherty County community since 1979 and has become a key community partner in many aspects of life. The plant has been recognized for its generosity toward fundraisers. Since the arrival of Plant Manager Tim Dill, MillerCoors has increased its presence in the community even more.