Mars Plant Manager Kelvin Graham accepts the "Good Life City" Award from Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard and Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission Chair Jay Smith at the Industry Celebration Breakfast Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
ALBANY, Ga. — Three of Albany’s largest industries were honored Wednesday not only for their global commerce but for their work in conservation, innovation and community stewardship.
Procter & Gamble, MillerCoors and Mars Chocolate each was tapped by the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission for its work in various areas that included economic impact, excellence in innovation and commitment to the local community.
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Albany’s industries were the focus of Wednesday’s Industry Celebration Breakfast at the Hilton Garden Inn.
EDC President Ted Clem said the industries honored Wednesday had given decades of service to the Albany-Dougherty County area, providing not only a means of employment to local residents but also working within the community in volunteer efforts to make the area a better place to live.
“You know, sometimes we take our local companies for granted,” Clem said. “For example: MillerCoors, Mars Chocolate and Procter & Gamble have been here for decades, and we tend to take that for granted and we overlook the contributions that they have made to our community. Their economic impact — the sheer number of people they employ and the investments they make — the way they continue to innovate and make new products, the new technologies that they incorporate into their businesses and the way they give back to the community through the many charities and civic groups that they give back to: Without these companies, we would not be the Good Life City, and it’s important that we recognize them and show appreciation.
“They’ve made a commitment to us; we need to make a similar commitment to them.”
P&G was honored for its economic impact. The paper products manufactured at the Albany plant are sold on store shelves around the world, giving the city a global reach. Plant Manager Fidel Torres accepted the award on behalf of the workers at the facility.
MillerCoors, which has invested millions in its brewery off Cordele Road, was honored for its “green” initiatives that allow the plant not only to produce quality beer but to do so in an environmentally friendly way.
When Kelvin Graham accepted the “Good Life City" award on behalf of his Mars employees, he did so knowing it would be one of his last functions as the plant’s general manager. He’s retiring Friday.
Clem pointed to Mars’ commitment to the annual Snickers Marathon, which brings thousands of runners from around the world to Albany, as well as the many volunteers the plant provides for various causes throughout the year.