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Augusta Coating links up with Quick Start training

Augusta Coating and Manufacturing already sends parts to Club Car, E-Z-GO Textron, Yamaha, John Deere, BMW and others.

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Thomas Cunningham welds a truck frame for E-Z-GO Textron.

Now they are getting a little help from the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education, Augusta Technical College and the Quick Start training program.

Augusta Coating President Wayne Wallace said the local company represents an $8 million investment in the McDuffie County area. Augusta Coating, formerly known as Blue Dot, is located in the Mount Pleasant Industrial Park and a full service contract coater of steel, stainless steel, and aluminum for the transportation industry, including automobiles, electrical, recreational, and maintenance vehicles.

The company employs between 110 and 150 employees depending on the season.

"I'm real pleased to be here in this community," Mr. Wallace said. "These programs have helped us feel like part of the community and helped us grow."

Augusta Coating will be using Quick Start to help train their employees, including new ones, in safety and leadership initiatives.

Quick Start Regional Project Operations Director Ken Boyd said such partnerships are the "name of the game."

"Without the community, without the company being successful, we don't really have a mission," he said.

Quick Start is also in place at Thomson Plastics, Milsco and Shaw Industries. Those programs help show Augusta Tech's dedication to Thomson and McDuffie County, said Augusta Tech President Terry Elam.

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Quick Start Regional Project Operations Director Ken Boyd (from left), Augusta Coating President Wayne Wallace and Augusta Tech President Terry Elam sign the Quick Start agreements during a ceremony Monday morning.

"We believe McDuffie County is a place for business and that's why we are here," he said, adding the local Augusta Tech campus represents a $10 million facility investment and a $1 million annual payroll.

He said the Quick Start program helps Augusta Tech fulfill it's state-appointed mission: workforce development. And students realize that.

"You come to a technical college, you come to Quick Start because you want to work," he said.



Web posted on Thursday, June 24, 2004


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