Viracon Statesboro Named Georgia Manufacturer of the Year

The 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.


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