Statesboro, Ga., operations of Viracon has been named the 2005 Manufacturer of
the Year by Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue. The award was presented during a luncheon
on April 19.
Three awards were presented-one for small, medium and large facilities. More
than 100 companies were nominated, and Viracon was selected as the top medium-sized
facility, employing between 150 and 750 workers. Viracon was nominated by Ogeechee
Technical College, Statesboro; Georgia Southern University; and the Statesboro-Bulloch
County Chamber of Commerce.
The Statesboro plant, which employs 430 workers, opened in 1999. The $40 million
plant produces thermally efficient and hurricane-resistant glass products from
a 330,000-sqaure foot facility. In Statesboro the company produces 10 million
square feet of high-performance architectural glass annually.
"From day one we have tried to not only run a good business, but to partner
with the community and be supportive of their endeavors," said Mike Diedrich,
vice president of operations at the Statesboro plant. "Culture here at the
Viracon-Statesboro plant has been a focus as we have tried to foster a positive
team environment that values respect and integrity. Externally we have volunteered
our time to serve on a number of community boards."
Diedrich, who has been with Viracon for 17 years and the first employ of the
Statesboro plant, also received a Deen Day Smith Award for service to mankind,
an annual service recognition program in Statesboro.