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Clermont Post Office Named for Fallen Marine Zack Addington

CLERMONT, Ga.—This Thursday, the United States Post Office held a ceremony in Clermont, Ga. to officially rename its local branch the LCPL Zack T. Addington Postal Facility.

Rep. Doug Collins, who introduced the bill to rename the post office in honor of Lance Cpl. Zack Taylor Addington joined the fallen hero’s sisters and brother, community members and other officials at the event. Among them was 94-year-old James Young, who worked tirelessly to help rename the Clermont Post Office for Addington. Young is a former postmaster of that office, and his son returned home from Vietnam safely during the time that Addington lost his life.

“People in Hall County remember Zack Addington as a brave man who died promoting and defending the liberty that we prize so dearly. He fought and became a hero beside his countrymen, and we’ve come together to ensure that his legacy lives on through Clermont’s Zack T. Addington Post Office,” said Collins after the event.

Addington joined the United States Marine Corps in 1967. He became a rifleman in the 3rd Marine Division of the Fleet Marine Force and deployed to Vietnam that year. Addington was promoted to lance corporal and served his country honorably until he was killed in action in May 1968.

President Donald Trump signed Collins’ bill to honor the fallen Marine into law this March.

Addington posthumously received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon in recognition of his service.
Collins also honored Addington when he spoke about the local hero on the House floor earlier this year.

Deal: Dutch Manufacturer To Create More Than 100 Jobs in Hall County

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that VDL Groep, an international industrial and manufacturing company, will create 110 jobs and invest $17 million in Hall County. New jobs will include positions in engineering, manufacturing and general sales administration.

“VDL Groep’s decision to locate in Hall County speaks to Georgia’s ability to attract dynamic manufacturing companies from around the world with our business-friendly environment and highly skilled workforce,” said Deal. “With this manufacturing facility, VDL Groep will join a number of Dutch companies that operate more than 100 facilities in our state and employ more than 7,500 Georgians. We are looking forward to strengthening our relationship with VDL Groep and seeing the company continue to grow here in Georgia.”

VDL Groep will locate in the Oakwood South business park. The facility is expected to be operational by August 2018.

“VDL Groep sees the state of Georgia as an attractive starting point based on geography and availability of resources,” said VDL Groep President and CEO Willem van der Leegte. “We are a specialist in providing the supply chain for our customers and we think there is a demand for our products and services in the surroundings of Georgia.”

Founded in 1953 and headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, VDL Groep is a family-owned company that operates 98 companies in 20 countries and employs more than 17,000.

“VDL is a welcome addition to the growing business community of family-owned and European-based subsidiaries with their North American manufacturing operations in the Gainesville-Hall County,” said Tim Evans, Vice President of Economic Development at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce. “This new location will benefit many existing manufacturing industries, as well as the citizens of our community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Director of International Investment Nico Wijnberg represented the Global Commerce Division in partnership with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Power and Georgia Quick Start on this project.

“Georgia’s incredible international relationships continue to yield positive results, and announcements like this speak to Gov. Deal’s leadership in creating the best environment for all companies to locate and grow,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We are proud to welcome VDL Groep to Georgia as they continue to grow their business and take advantage of our resources available in our state.”

About VDL Groep

VDL Groep is an international industrial family business headquartered in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The company was founded in 1953 by Pieter van der Leegte. Today, VDL Groep is a major player in the subcontracting and semi-finished products sectors, produces its own finished products, such as suspension systems, is active in automotive factory automation, builds heat exchangers and container handling systems. VDL Groep innovates through a combination of craftsmanship, entrepreneurship and high-quality machinery. The group of companies combines the strength of a multinational with the flat organization and open, informal working atmosphere of a family business where priority is given to growth opportunities and continuity. VDL Groep operates with more than 17,000 employees in 20 countries. The group consists of 98 operating companies, each with its own specialty, which work together intensively.

Kubota Companies Donate $1 Million to Lanier Technical College Foundation

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Kubota Manufacturing of America Corporation (KMA) and Kubota Industrial Equipment Corporation (KIE) donated $1 million to the Lanier Technical College Foundation. Kubota’s donation will support the new Lanier Technical College Hall County Campus, which is scheduled to open in spring 2019.

“Kubota’s presence in Georgia continues to be one of our state’s great business success stories,” said Deal. “This donation demonstrates the profound interest that private companies have in the development of Georgia’s classroom-to-career pipeline. Investments in the Lanier Technical College Hall County Campus will help to create even more opportunities for the ever-increasing emphasis on technical education and workforce development. By donating $1 million to the Lanier Technical College Foundation, the Kubota group has further established itself as the standard-bearer for helping to grow an educated, trained and sustainable workforce capable of filling the jobs available today.”

Under Deal’s leadership and with the support of the General Assembly, the state has invested $131,270,000 for the new Lanier Technical College Hall County Campus. The 95-acre campus will include six state-of-the-art buildings where students can study a variety of fields from accounting to welding. Additionally, the new campus will be designed to serve more than 5,000 students.

“Kubota is a tremendous business partner of Lanier Technical College and today’s donation is a testament to their commitment to the local community and to Georgia,” said Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur. “The Technical College System of Georgia provides Georgia businesses with a skilled workforce and when global companies like Kubota make investments in our colleges, it means industry values what we do.”

Established in 1988, KMA is headquartered in Gainesville and manufactures zero-turn mowers, sub-compact tractors and utility vehicles. Located in Jefferson, KIE manufactures tractor implements and assembles larger Kubota tractors. KMA and KIE collectively employ more than 2,600 team members in Gainesville and Jefferson.

Kubota’s donation is part of a $5 million campaign conducted by the Lanier Technical College Foundation to fund program needs at the new campus, including allied health equipment, computers and tools for instruction. Of that capital campaign, 75 percent of the $5 million goal has been met.

“Kubota Manufacturing of America and Lanier Technical College have enjoyed an outstanding business relationship for many years,” said Lanier Technical College President Dr. Ray Perren. “Words cannot express the gratitude we have for this transformative gift. Kubota’s generosity will allow thousands of students to begin their careers at Lanier Tech and change the trajectory of their lives forever. We are honored and humbled to have such remarkable support.”

“The whole Kubota group is delighted to be able to support the education of future generations with this contribution of one million dollars,” said Hirohiko Arai, president of KMA and KIE. “This year marks an important milestone as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kubota here in Georgia. It is our greatest pleasure to make a contribution in supporting Georgia’s future.”

More information about the Lanier Technical College Foundation campaign is available here.

About KMA and KIE

Kubota Manufacturing of America, headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia, is the U.S. manufacturing hub for zero-turn mowers, sub-compact tractors and utility vehicles distributed by Kubota Tractor Corporation. Founded in 1988, KMA first started producing tractor implements, such as backhoes and front loaders, and today manufactures equipment across all turf, sub-compact tractor and utility vehicle product lines. Kubota Industrial Equipment in Jefferson, Georgia, manufactures tractor implements including loaders and backhoes and also assembles larger Kubota tractors that are made in Japan for the U.S. market. Today, KMA and KIE employ more than 2,600 team members in Gainesville and Jefferson.

About Lanier Technical College

Lanier Technical College offers over 50 programs of study in some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including healthcare, energy, business and industry, and public or private service. More information about Lanier Technical College may be obtained by calling 770-533-7000 or by visiting Lanier Technical College is a Unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.

About TCSG

The 22 colleges of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) are Georgia’s top resource for skilled workers. TCSG offers world-class training in 600 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs to students who are trained on state-of-the-art equipment by instructors who are experts in their fields. The system also houses Georgia’s Office of Adult Education, which promotes and provides adult literacy and education programs, including the GED testing program, throughout the state. In addition, TCSG partners with companies through Quick Start, the nation’s top customized workforce training program, and through its individual colleges, who work with local industry to provide workforce and training solutions. For more information, visit