Awards & Recognition

Triumph Aerostructures: Large Manufacturer of the Year

Triumph-2015-Lg-Mfgr-of-Year-Award-24Triumph Aerostructures—Vought Aircraft Division, based in Milledgeville, was named the 2015 Georgia Large Manufacturer of the Year at the annual Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week Governor’s Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. This event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, recognizes top manufacturers across the state based on economic impact, corporate responsibility, and workforce excellence. Triumph was nominated for this award by Central Georgia Technical College.

Fechner remarked in front of a crowd of Georgia manufacturers and state officials gathered at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta for the Governor’s Awards Luncheon, “On behalf of 13,000 Triumph employees across the United States and the world at 67 locations, and especially the 715 employees in Milledgeville, thank you for this honor,” said Merlin Fechner, president of Triumph Aerostructures—Vought Aircraft Division. “We truly consider it an honor and a privilege to accept this prestigious award. We have some of the best employees and it’s demonstrated every day in everything we do. This award truly belongs to them.”

In their over 40 years of operation in Milledgeville, Triumph has added over $5.2 billion to the local economy, averaging a $148.3 million economic impact annually. Even during the most recent economic downturn among soaring unemployment, Triumph was able to add over 375 jobs.

Triumph believes in being a good corporate citizen and have demonstrated their commitment by donating time and resources to the local community, including sponsorship of various Chamber and Development Authority events and by volunteering many hours with local non-profit organizations such as United Way, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, and the Chard Wray Food Pantry.

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Milledgeville Ranked Nationally as a Top Micropolitan

In a recent release published by Site Magazine, Milledgeville-Baldwin County made the list of nationally ranked Top Micropolitans of 2014, determined by number of new and expanded corporate facility projects, ranked 74 out of 576 micropolitans in the nation.

“We are committed to the expansion of local business and industry and are proud of the two expansions that occurred in 2014,” says Matt Poyner, executive director of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County (DAMBC). “Our approach to economic development is twofold. We facilitate the success, growth, and retention of local companies by providing services, solutions, and support to meet their needs. Additionally, we focus on recruiting new business and industry which creates local jobs and expands our local economic base.”

The Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County (DAMBC), jointly funded by both the City and County, is tasked with recruiting new companies as well as working with the existing businesses in the community to grow primary jobs and investment.

2013 Award of Excellence in Downtown Development

2013 Award of Excellence Award Recipient Photo

The City of Milledgeville Main Street received the 2013 Award of Excellence in Downtown Development Program of the Year.

Milledgeville Main Street and Downtown Development Authority Director Carlee Schulte also got her Georgia Downtown Development Professional Certification and received one of two scholarships for a trip to the 2014 National Main Street Conference in Detroit, Mich.

In addition to the Main Street achievements, Frank Pendergast, owner of The Baldwin Lofts, received the 2013 Award of Excellence Gold Medal presented by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Georgia Downtown Association.

Milledgeville Main Street bested 96 Georgia Main Street communities. “It’s a huge deal, and we are very excited. It shows the importance of what we do, and the impact we are having not only locally but also statewide,” Schulte said. The brand new small business BOOST grant program played a role in the program of the year designation. BOOST provides grant money to downtown small business owners and entrepreneurs.