The Greater Rome Existing Industries Association (GREIA) of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce held their annual meeting this week at the Coosa Country Club where they announced board of directors members and the importance of logistics in Rome and Floyd County.
Page Siplon, executive director of the Center of Innovation for Logistics, Georgia Department of Economic Development, discussed the role of imports and exports from the Northwest Georgia region and the economic impact of logistics in industry. Siplon continued to share the economic impact of truck activity in Rome and Floyd County, which is responsible for $3.2 billion in import truck activity and $3.3 billion in export truck activity.
“Rome and Floyd County are critical parts of the Georgia economic system,” said Siplon. “Georgia recognizes logistics as a strategic industry, and uniquely one who’s multiple secrets effects every business, every day.”
GREIA also announced the creation of a business council, “Ex-Im Logistics Council”, that seeks to bring local business leaders together to improve logistics in our business commu-nity.
“Like other councils, the purpose of this group is to exchange information among members,” said council chair Alan Horne, Suzuki Manufacturing of America. “It is in-tended as a forum for sharing experience.”
During the meeting, many local manufacturers were recognized and congratulated for their expansion and job creation in Rome and Floyd County.
These companies are Southeastern Mills, Bekaert Corporation, Syntec Industries, and Pirelli Tire North America.
GREIA also announced its 2011 Board of Directors. Tom Watters, Syntec Industries, was reelected Chairman of the Board with Diane Lewis, The Lewis Chemical Company, as President, and Gary Downey, Bekaert Corporation as Vice President.
Newcomers this year to the GREIA Board of Directors in-clude, Cathy Kerce, JEM MFG, LLC, Alan Guyatt, F & P Geor-gia, Gary Downey, Bekaert Corporation, Johnny Johnson, Rome Die Casting, LLC, and Tracy Hawkin with Plant Hammond, Georgia Power Company.