Shellman manufacturer receives Grow Your Own Workforce grant


Oct. 18 – SHELLMAN – Rep. Gerald Greene on Monday announced a $150,000 investment in employee training at Peerless Manufacturing in Shellman.

Greene was instrumental in securing the scholarship, the first of its kind in the Georgia Grow Your Own Workforce program. GROWS was created to encourage small businesses in the private sector to develop training and education programs.

“The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (in Tifton) is pleased to announce a $150,000 grant to the Randolph County Development Authority,” said David Bridges, director of the Georgia Center for Rural Prosperity and innovation, said. “The grant is a joint effort by the center and the Randolph County Development Agency that will provide new equipment and support in-house workforce training for new and existing employees to increase production at Peerless Manufacturing in Shellman.”

“Training and developing a workforce is critical to ensuring a large talent pool and a steady job pipeline in rural Georgia,” said Greene. “The establishment of this program and Shellman as the first recipient speaks volumes about the importance of manufacturing and jobs in Randolph County. I will continue to fight to ensure our communities and workers are represented in every industry now and for years to come.”

Greene was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1982 and is currently serving his 36th year representing House District 151, which includes all or part of Calhoun, Clay, Early, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Webster and Dougherty counties. He taught in the Randolph-Clay school system for 32 years and was named a Randolph-Clay System STAR Instructor in 1977 and 1993 and School System Teacher of the Year in 1991.

Greene chairs the State Properties Committee and serves on the Appropriations, Economic Development & Tourism, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Retirement, Rules and Special Rules Committees.

After the 2021 redistricting special session, Greene will run in the newly drawn House District 154, which includes all or part of Calhoun, Clay, Baker, Early, Miller, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole and Daugherty counties. Greene is also poised to become the next “dean” of the Georgia House of Representatives as the longest-serving member.


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