Marel Gainesville wins Industry of the Year

20 Nov 2015

The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s 2015 Industry of the Year Awards were presented at the 7th Annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon recently.

The awards honor area existing industry leaders based on economic impact, workforce excellence and corporate responsibility.

Marel Gainesville was honored with the 2015 Industry of the Year award, the top honor in the large industry (201+ employees) category.

Michael Otterbach accepts award from Dr. Ray Perren, President Lanier Technical College.

The Chamber’s Vice President Existing Industry Shelley Davis congratulated the company on the achievement, “Congratulations!!! You are the INDUSTRY-OF-THE-YEAR. Your award came with some high competition in economic impact, corporate responsibility and workforce excellence and it is well-deserved.”

She went on to add that the honor now positions Marel to compete at the state level, “The Greater Hall Chamber in conjunction with Lanier Technical College will be jointly nominating (your company) for the annual State of Georgia Manufacturer of the Year Award for 2016.”

Michael Otterbach, Vice President of Regional Manufacturing, Americas accepted the award on the company’s behalf.

He shared with the attendees some of the highlights for our location during this past year:

  • Introduction and first sales of a new product line for the poultry industry (8” lines for Big Birds)
  • Integration of the manufacturing operations from the Des Moines facility into the Gainesville location bringing meat and further processing product lines to our location and transforming our facility from poultry only to a multi-industry regional manufacturing center.
  • First production of a new product for Marel: the Salmon skinner, now covering all four Marel industries within the Gainesville location.

“But all this could not have been done without the dedication and support from our employees,” he explained. “I want to thank all employees of Marel Gainesville for their hard work and dedication. This reward is for you!"

Marel employees attending the awards ceremony (pictured l-r): Kris Carroll, Marketing Manager; Sheryl Reed, Vice President Human Resources; Craig Evans, Manufacturing Manager; Michael Otterbach; Ryan Sparks, Regional Director Procurement - Americas; Aaron Wortman, Welder.