Products made in Middle Georgia go all over

lmorris@macon.comSeptember 30, 2012 

Although it may not seem like it, all these products have something in common: zippers, Chinook helicopter parts, bricks, chickens, hardwood flooring, school buses, barbecue sauce, pallets, cut stone, snacks and cleaning products.

They are all made by Middle Georgia companies.

Manufacturers in Georgia make up 10.6 percent of the total output in the state, employing 9 percent of the workforce, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. In 2010, Georgia exported $9.4 billion of manufactured goods to Free Trade Agreement partner countries -- 36 percent of Georgia’s total exports.

Small businesses represented 87 percent of the state’s exporters.

Manufacturers in Middle Georgia include companies employing hundreds of workers to those that employ fewer than 10. Some of these companies are:

Bibb County

• YKK U.S.A. manufactures a wide range of zippers, hook & loop and plastic parts.

• Graphic Packaging Corp. manufactures container packaging and coatings. The company can design packages, manufacture the sustainable materials the packages are made from and build the machinery that takes it to market.

• The Boeing Co. produces subassemblies for the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter and the CH-47 Chinook helicopter, as well as wing replacement sets for the A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft.

• First Quality’s manufacturing operation in Macon produces multiple configurations of private label baby diapers and training pants for major retailers.

• Armstrong World Industries Inc. is a global leader in the design and manufacture of floors, ceilings and cabinets.

• Cherokee Brick & Tile Co. manufactures more than 100 different varieties of brick.

• The Trane Co. manufactures commercial air conditioning systems.

• Pactiv Corp. makes molded pulp products, such as egg carton and packaging materials.

• BLC Hardwood Flooring brings in rough lumber to be dried, prepared to the proper width, stained, cured and sealed.

• KaMin LLC mines and processes kaolin-based pigments. Kaolin produced in Middle Georgia is sold worldwide for use in paper and specialized industrial applications.

• Anderson Chemical Co. makes water softeners, chemicals and equipment.

• Nichiha USA manufactures fiber cement, building products for residential and commercial applications.

• Macon Garment Manufacturers Inc. is a clothing manufacturer.

• Freudenberg Texbond is a leader in the roofing sector, where nonwovens are sold as reinforcement for bituminous waterproofing membranes. It makes a range of products for the construction industry such as waterproofing, thermal insulation and soundproofing.

• Crown Candy Corp. makes quality specialty candies, including chocolate delights, pecan divinity, coconut candies, pecan logs and peanut brittle.

• Diamond Plastics PVC is one of the largest PVC pipe producers in the world.

• Plastican Inc. is a leading U.S. producer of injection molded plastic containers.

• Backdrops Fantastic produces hand-painted and digitally printed stage backdrops.

• Mrs. Griffin’s barbecue sauce is sold to wholesalers, grocery stores, barbecue restaurants and selected food service companies.

Houston County

• Perdue Farms is a poultry processing and distribution facility.

• Frito-Lay makes a variety of snack foods.

• Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. is a global security company that provides systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

• Anchor Glass Container Corp. is a glass container manufacturer.

• Graphic Packaging International, which manufactures container packaging and coatings, also has a location in Bibb County.

• CEMEX is the only cement manufacturing facility in Georgia and provides building materials for major road projects in the area and throughout the state.

• Clean Control Corp. manufactures many cleaning products for household, institutional and commercial use.

• Tolleson Lumber Company Inc. manufactures Southern pine lumber and operates a remanufacturing facility.

• Sunbelt Plastic Extrusions Inc. specializes in producing components for a wide variety of applications out of several popular thermoplastic materials.

• Advanced Drainage Systems is a large producer of corrugated HDPE pipe, and it serves the storm and waste water industry.

Peach County

• Blue Bird Corp. offers a complete line of Type A, C and D school buses in a variety of options and configurations. Its global presence can be seen in more than 60 countries through sales into Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East.

• Palmetto Planters manufactures and distributes high-quality fiberglass containers and fiberglass planters to the landscaping design and architectural industries.

• Pyrotechnic Specialties Inc. designs and manufactures all types of pyrotechnic formulations and loaded devices.

• Southern Perfection Fabrication manufactures a broad line of steel, stainless steel, aluminum and magnesium fabricated products.

Crawford County

• Arriscraft International LLC, based in Canada, is a private company categorized under cut stone and stone products.

• Atlanta Sand & Supply Co. specializes in the production of construction sand, industrial sand and golf course sand.

• A&W Mechanical & Fabrication Inc. is a steel structural manufacturer.

Monroe County

• Pallet One of Florida Inc. is a new pallet manufacturer and assembler.

• Perdue Farms Inc., a poultry hatchery, also has a location in Houston County.

• Southern Textiles designs, produces and markets decorative home furnishings products principally under the Southern Textiles brand name through more than 2,000 home furnishings retailers.

• Encore Plastics makes and distributes paint-related packaging items and a line of industrial pails.

• Erosion Tech is a full-line manufacturer and distributor of Erosion Control and environmental products.

Twiggs County

• KaMin Holding LLC mines and processes kaolin-based pigments. Kaolin produced in Middle Georgia is sold worldwide for use in paper and specialized industrial applications.

• Stone Machine and Tool uses computerized cutting equipment to cut complex shapes in various types of material; and fabricates equipment for aerospace and commercial industries and the military.

Jones County

Information about manufacturers was unavailable.

Sources: County development authorities and company websites

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