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Thomson Plastics builds success with Quick Start partnership

Thomson Plastics is continuing a successful relationship.


Quick Start's Ken Boyd (left), Thomson Plastic's Jerry Harrison and Augusta Tech's Terry Elam sign the partnership agreements Tuesday.
Jason B. Smith
Company President Jerry Harrison joined Augusta Technical College President Terry Elam and Quick Start Director of Regional Project Operations Ken Boyd in agreeing to continue their partnership for another year at the Thomson plant.

Augusta Tech and Quick Start provide education and training to Thomson Plastics current and prospective employees.

"Our relationships here are critical," Mr. Boyd said during a tour of the plant Tuesday. "We work very hard at maintaining that."

Mr. Harrison said the relationship with Augusta Tech and Quick Start began just before the Thomson Plastics plant opened in 1995. He tells the story of his first meeting with Mr. Elam and other officials in the lobby at White Columns.

"They convinced me they could and would be able to help me," Mr. Harrison said.

A week later, Quick Start representatives were in Tennessee filming processes at a plant there for implementation locally.

"And there's always been someone here since we opened the doors," Mr. Harrison said.

He said the partnership has been key to the company's success and expansion from nine to 31 presses in less than 10 years.

The company started with a 60,000-square-foot building and has added a 50,000-square-foot warehouse. The company also leases 37,000 square feet of warehouse space in the area.

Thomson Plastics currently has 220 employees and produces parts for Club Car, Briggs & Stratton and Trojan batteries. The company also has its own fleet of transfer trucks.

"I don't want to have to worry about someone else getting a part to a customer late," Mr. Harrison said.

Web posted on Thursday, February 12, 2004

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