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Bainbridge State College is pleased to announce its 2017 Manufacturer of the Year nominees.

Attapulgus Global Refining Catalyst, BASF has been nominated in the medium category (151-500 employees), along with Donalsonville’s Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing (LMC) also in the medium category for the 2017 Manufacturer of the Year in Georgia.

Each year the Technical College System of Georgia institutions across the state nominate industries in specific categories in hopes of them named Manufacturer of the Year by Gov. Nathan Deal. The winners will be announced during Manufacturing Appreciate Week, which will be celebrated April 24—28, 2017.

BASF has been in operation in the Attapulgus site for over 96 years—and has brought about significant economic impact during that time.

As the world’s largest chemical company, BASF understands and recognizes the importance of engaging students in science at an early age.

During the past few years, employees at the BASF Attapulgus site have brought a Kids’ Lab to students in several schools located in Decatur and Leon (Fla.) Counties. The program is designed to encourage children ages 6-12 to gain a better appreciation of and interest in the dynamic world of chemistry. Hundreds of third through fifth grade students have participated in hands-on experiments and chemistry projects through this program.

“U.S. Manufacturing is vital for the sustainability of our future by creating products that touch and improve our lives every day and generate value for the customer, society, and the economy,” said Shahene Neshat, Site Manger for BASF in Attapulgus. “BASF provides community and STEM educational outreach opportunities to help spark interest in manufacturing careers like Kids Lab for elementary aged children, the BASF Science Academy for high school students and developing curriculum and internships for technical and community colleges and universities that prepare graduates for successful manufacturing careers.  Those investments now fuel the success of our manufacturing future.”

In nearby Donalsonville, Lewis M. Carter Manufacturing (LMC) was also nominated for this prestigious award.

With over 76 years in operations, this four-generation family business has provided over 200 jobs in the small rural community of Seminole County.

LMC is involved in numerous community events and partnerships. It also provides internships for students and it is on the Bainbridge State College advisory board.

Upon accepting the nomination, Will Grimes, Production Manager at LMC, said, “Over the past three years LMC has brought on a number of college students as interns. The partnership between the college system, the students, and LMC has enriched each party as well as the community at large.

The key component is establishing relationships with future leaders on trends within our markets, academia, culture, and technology. We look forward to further development in each area.”

For more information about the Manufacturer of the Year Award and Manufacturing Appreciation Week, please visit


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