WIKA Instrument Corporation Named “Large Manufacturer of the Year” by Partnership Gwinnett
ATLANTA (March 27, 2012) – The WIKA Instrument Corporation (WIKA) U.S. headquarters in Lawrenceville, Ga. has been awarded the designation of “Large Manufacturer of the Year” by Partnership Gwinnett, Gwinnett County’s economic and community development initiative. WIKA, the global leader in the lean manufacturing of advanced pressure gauge, pressure transmitter and temperature measurement instrumentation, has been in Lawrenceville for over 20 years and has more than 600 employees at this location.
“Manufacturing is critical to the U.S. economy, not only from a job creation standpoint, but also for the American technology innovation and leadership it helps to build,” said J. Michael Gerster, president for WIKA Instrument Corporation. “We are honored to be the first recipient of this award for the large manufacturer category. It is a testament to the success we’ve had in working with Gwinnett County organizations as well as the state of Georgia for the past 22 years to help develop, train and recruit employees so that we can continue to improve our manufacturing processes and produce high quality U.S.-made products.”
WIKA and the other manufacturing nominees were judged on three primary criteria: economic impact on the community, corporate responsibility initiatives, and workforce excellence. Key successes for WIKA include:
• Maintained a 94 percent employee retention rate for 2011 by utilizing the Georgia Work Ready program, a one-of-a-kind partnership between a state government and state chamber of commerce. Georgia Work Ready is designed to improve job training and marketability of Georgia’s workforce to ensure companies can more reliably match the right people with right jobs.
• Developed the WIKA Leadership Academy where employees complete a formal training plan that helps them to acquire the skills leaders need to be successful. WIKA also works with Gwinnett Technical College to train and develop WIKA employees for Quick Start, a program that provides customized workforce training free-of-charge to qualified businesses in Georgia, and the Georgia Work Ready program.
• Reduced water consumption by almost 70 percent per workday through various lean manufacturing principles that help to improve efficiencies and productivity while eliminating waste.
• Encouraged and facilitated employee participation in volunteer and service opportunities such as Relay for Life, Gwinnett Co-Op ministries and serving families of deployed military.
Globally headquartered in Germany, WIKA annually manufactures more than 43 million pressure gauges, diaphragm seals, pressure transmitters and thermometers that are used worldwide. WIKA’s measuring instruments are used by hundreds of OEM customers as well as directly applied in a multitude of industries including oil and gas, water supply and waste water treatment, chemical manufacturing, HVAC and refrigeration, and energy generation.
For more information about the Movers & Makers Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards, visit http://www.moversandmakersawards.com/.
About WIKA Instrument Corporation
For over 60 years, WIKA Instrument Corporation has continuously advanced pressure gauge, pressure transmitter and temperature measurement instrumentation. As the global leader in lean manufacturing, WIKA offers a broad selection of stock and custom instrumentation solutions, which are often available for distribution within days. Producing over 43 million pressure gauges, diaphragm seals, pressure transmitters and thermometers worldwide annually, WIKA’s extensive product line provides measurement solutions for any application.
The WIKA sales team, along with its customer service and technical staff members, are ready to share their extensive product and industry knowledge to make your business experience with WIKA productive and progressive.
About Partnership Gwinnett
Partnership Gwinnett is a public-private initiative dedicated to bringing new jobs and capital investment to Gwinnett County, Georgia. Since 2006, Partnership Gwinnett has worked with its local partners to attract and retain jobs, cultivate capital investment, support educational institutions, foster workforce development, and contribute to the exceptional quality of life found in Gwinnett. Every day, a team of dedicated professionals work to drive the mission of Partnership Gwinnett to strengthen the economic vitality of the community.