RockTenn’s Steve Voorhees to Keynote March 19th Awards Ceremony

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) November 14, 2014 —Partnership Gwinnett, in collaboration with Gwinnett Technical College, launched the fourth annual Movers & Makers Awards on Wednesday night. Nominations are now being accepted in six categories: Three “Makers” Awards honoring Manufacturers of the Year – Small, Medium, and Large; two “Movers” Awards honoring Supply Chain companies – Supply Chain Pioneer and Corporate Citizenship Award; and one Most Valuable Provider (MVP), honoring an excellent service provider.

The event, attended by previous winners and judges, industry professionals, and community leaders, also served as a platform to announce RockTenn’s CEO, Steve Voorhees, as the Keynote Speaker for the March 19, 2015 awards ceremony.

To be eligible to win an award, nominees must have been in business at a physical address in Gwinnett County for at least three years. The 2014 winners were YSS Athletics, MTI Baths, Millennium MatsHeatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration and RockTenn.
“Gwinnett Technical College is proud to mark our fourth year as a partner of the Movers & Makers Awards,” said David McCulloch, Vice President of Economic Development, Gwinnett Technical College. “We are committed to supporting the economic, business and workforce development represented in our community’s thriving manufacturing sector, as we ensure our global competitiveness.

Winners will receive extensive publicity and recognition as a benchmark company within the industry. In addition, all manufacturing nominees who qualify for the Governor’s Manufacturers Appreciation Week Awards will also be nominated for the Movers and Makers Awards.

“Winning the Movers & Makers Medium Manufacturer of the Year Award, has benefited MTI Baths greatly, as a catalyst for connecting us to valuable resources and affording us a level of external validation in the industry that is second to none.” said Kathy Adams CEO of MTI Baths. “We were honored to have been selected and we are proud to be a part of such a unique program to recognize the innovation that comes from the manufacturing and supply chain community.”

“Movers & Makers Awards is the ideal platform for us to recognize manufacturing and supply chain companies that are leading the way in our community, through their involvement, innovative practices, and impact on the industry,” stated Troels Adrian, Senior Project Manager for Advanced Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management for Partnership Gwinnett and Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development. “We are excited to honor Gwinnett businesses with this very deserving recognition and encourage all businesses to apply.”

To apply for the 2015 Movers & Makers Awards, complete the online application at All applications must be received by January 20, 2015 to qualify. Recipients will be announced during the annual awards ceremony, which will be held on March 19, 2015, from 8:00 – 10:00 am, at the Gwinnett Center. All questions regarding the application process can be directed to Troels Adrian at All questions regarding the awards ceremony can be directed to Haley Tolbert at

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