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Deal: The HON Company to create 60 jobs in Polk County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that The HON Company, a leading manufacturer of office furniture, will create 60 jobs and invest $14.5 million in a Polk County facility expansion.

“The HON Company is familiar with the advantages of operating in the top state for business and has benefited from Georgia’s extensive manufacturing capabilities for decades,” said Deal. “By choosing to expand in Polk County, The HON Company will continue to hire from Georgia’s deep talent pool and engage in a culture of collaboration that emphasizes industrial growth. With this new investment, the company will strengthen its competitive edge and continue to enjoy our business-ready transportation infrastructure. We value The HON Company’s commitment to creating quality jobs in Georgia and support its decision to expand in Polk County.”

The HON Company is an operating subsidiary of the HNI Corporation, the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in the world. The HON Company currently employs 680 associates at its Cedartown facility and will create new positions in manufacturing with this expansion.

“The HON-Cedartown team is eager for the opportunity to grow the business, hire the best talent and continue to positively impact the region,” said Brad Hufford, plant manager for The HON Company in Cedartown.

The Cedartown facility, The HON Company’s first plant outside of Iowa, has been in operation since 1969. The location has undergone multiple expansions and earned a Georgia Manufacturer of the Year award.

“The Development Authority of Polk County is proud to work with our existing industries to create jobs and capital investment in Polk County,” said David Williams, chairman of the Development Authority of Polk County. “The HON Company is a true corporate partner in that they not only invest in their company and their employees, but also in many areas in our community. We are truly fortunate to have them doing business in Cedartown.”

“The HON Company is not only the backbone of the economy for Cedartown, but also a willing partner in projects such as Cedartown’s One Door Polk and Polk School District’s Project Success,” said Cedartown City Commissioner Dale Tuck. “The HON Company exemplifies what it means to be a good corporate neighbor.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Regional Project Manager Stephanie Scearce represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Development Authority of Polk County and Georgia Power.

“This announcement is a great example of how our partners around the state collaborate to strengthen the infrastructure for Georgia’s existing industry base,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “Georgia’s existing industries do an incredible job of solidifying our status as a top state for business and I know that Polk County will continue to serve The HON Company well.”

About The HON Company

Since 1944, The HON Company has delivered inspired practicality to the workplace. By obsessing over tiny details and emphasizing timeless over trendy, HON designs and manufactures office furniture including chairs, tables, desks, workstations and storage. Headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa, The HON Company has numerous manufacturing facilities strategically located throughout the United States, and markets its products through a nationwide network of loyal distribution partners. The HON Company is the largest operating company of the HNI Corporation, a leading global office furniture manufacturer (NYSE: HNI). For more information, visit hon.com.

Rep. Tom Graves Announces 2017 ‘County Connection’ Schedule for 14th District

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) today announced the 2017 schedule for the 14th Congressional District’s County Connection Program. The County Connection Program stations members of Rep. Graves’ staff in counties across the 14th District in order to provide a personal link to Congress for Georgians who may not be able to visit the permanent district offices in Dalton and Rome.

Congressman Tom Graves

“Assisting constituents who are having problems with a federal agency is an important part of my job,” said Rep. Graves. “Whether you’re a senior citizen having trouble accessing your Social Security benefits, a veteran denied care at the VA or someone having trouble with any other federal agency or program, my staff is here to help. My staff and I will do everything we can to ensure the federal government serves you as efficiently and effectively as possible.”

Note: The counties of Floyd and Whitfield do not have County Connection days because they are home to Rep. Graves’ two permanent congressional offices that have full-time staff and are open five days per week.

The full 2017 schedule is available below:

Catoosa County
County Administrative Building
800 Lafayette Street
Ringgold, GA 30736
Time: 10-12 p.m.
Dates:
February 7, 2017
March 14, 2017
May 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
October 10, 2017

Chattooga County
Chattooga County Library
Meeting Room
360 Farrar Dr.
Summerville, GA 30747
Time: 10-12 p.m.
Dates:
February 14, 2017
March 14, 2017
April 11, 2017
May 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017

Dade County
Administrative Building
“Commissioners Meeting Room”
71 Case Avenue
Trenton, GA 30752
Time: 10-12 p.m.
Dates:
March 7, 2017
April 4, 2017
June 6, 2017
September 5, 2017
November 14, 2017

Gordon County (Location #1)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College – Gordon County Campus
Building 400, Room 4-103
1151 Highway 53 Spur, SW
Calhoun, GA 30701
Time: 1-3 p.m.
February 28, 2017
April 18, 2017
June 20, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 17, 2017

Gordon County (Location #2)
Fairmount City Hall
2265 Highway 411 SE
Fairmount, GA 30139
Time: 1-3 p.m.
March 21, 2017
May 16, 2017
October 3, 2017

Haralson County
Commissioners Office
Government Complex-Conference Room
155 Van Wert Street
Buchannan, GA 30113
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Dates:
February 21, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 18, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 20, 2017
October 24, 2017

Murray County
Courthouse Annex
121 North 4th Avenue
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Dates:
February 7, 2017
March 14, 2017
May 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
October 10, 2017

Paulding County
Administrative Complex
Conference Room- 2nd floor
240 Constitution Blvd.
Dallas, GA 30132
Time: 10-12 p.m.
Dates:
February 21, 2017
March 21, 2017
April 18, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 20, 2017
October 24, 2017

Pickens County
Hinton Volunteer Fire Department
9273 Highway 53 West
Jasper, GA 30143
Time: 10-12 p.m.
Dates:
February 28, 2017
April 18, 2017
June 20, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 17, 2017

Polk County
Cedartown Municipal Complex
City Hall-City Council Room
201 East Avenue
Cedartown, GA 30125
Time: 2-4 p.m.
Dates:
February 14, 2017
March 14, 2017
April 11, 2017
May 9, 2017
June 13, 2017
September 12, 2017
October 10, 2017

Walker County
Courthouse Annex I
101 South Duke Street
Lafayette, GA
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Dates:
March 7, 2017
April 4, 2017
June 6, 2017
September 5, 2017
November 14, 2017

Chattahoochee Tech Launches New Diploma Program

Chattahoochee Technical College’s CNC Technology instructor Jack Dempsey
Chattahoochee Technical College’s CNC Technology instructor Jack Dempsey works on installing new equipment in the program’s lab, located on the North Metro Campus.

Chattahoochee Technical College has rolled out a new diploma program and early registration for the spring semester begins Nov. 4 for new and current students. The Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Technology program will be offered at Chattahoochee Technical College’s North Metro Campus in Acworth, and leading the class will be Jack Dempsey of Polk County.

Dempsey has 20 years of experience in the machining industry, including manual machining, programming 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-axis CNC machines, planning and quoting, as well as managing and owning his own shop. Through his experience, he has observed trends in the industry and said that the CNC Technology program will provide students with the essentials to succeed in the 21st Century machining industry.

“CNC Technology is the way of the modern machine shop,” Dempsey said. “You have to stay up on the new technology and machining trends to be competitive in the machining industry today.”

CNC machining is a process used in manufacturing that involves the use of computers to control machine tools. CNC technicians are responsible for loading the machine instructions into a computer, setting up the machine and tooling, and then starting the machine. The machine will make the part with minor interaction until it’s time for another part.

“The CNC Technology program will include setup, programming and operation of CNC machining centers and CNC turning centers,” Dempsey said. “There are many available jobs in our service area for CNC technicians, and career opportunities include general manufacturing, fabrication/prototyping and production. Our program will be providing the learning experience with new modern machinery and equipment.”

On their way to becoming CNC technicians, students will learn blueprint reading, layout and math for machining, as well as the basics of machining on manual mills and lathes. The program, which is designed to take 64 weeks to complete, also includes lessons on setting up a CNC machining center, manual programming techniques and basic MasterCam programming (CAD/CAM programming).
“The best part of the experience is that the students will learn how to apply all these skills on the shop floor by programming, setting up and running the machines,” Dempsey said.

For more information about the CNC Technology program, visit www.ChattahoocheeTech.edu/cnc-technology.