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By Patrick Adcock and Amanda Suttles
The Metro Atlanta Chamber hosted an event to announce the finalists of the 2017 Global Impact Awards on Wednesday, March 29. There are a variety of companies competing for awards this year, each offering innovative export plans that will positively impact the metro area.
The winners will be announced at the Global Impact Awards ceremony at the Georgia Aquarium April 19.
We spoke with the finalists to get a better idea of how they are leading the way on a global scale:
Category: Foreign Investment
RELEX Solutions provides integrated retail and supply chain planning solutions. Dan DeHart, vice president of services, says Atlanta has been valuable with the talent pool of supply chain engineers coming from Georgia Tech. DeHart also highlighted Hartsfield-Jackson Airport as a major asset for their company.
Skaltek, a packaging machine and electric cable company, chose Atlanta for their North American headquarters, because they believe it is the “boom city” and a “dynamic meeting point.”
voestalpine Automotive Body Parts Inc. is a new base for the supply of ultra-high strength body-in-white components for premium car manufacturers. Philipp Schulz, president and CEO, says the company chose metro Atlanta because customers are here. As a tech leader in high-strength structural parts, the company also chose metro Atlanta from a logistical approach and for convenience and community.
Category: Global Business Growth
Red Brick Brewing is a brewing company devoted to a quality craft beer experience. Opening the door for craft beer, Red Brick Brewing hopes to establish a global brand. Robert Fabbrini, general manager/export sales, says Atlanta is an international city that has a gateway to global markets with Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Rubicon Global is a cloud-based waste solutions provider that eliminates waste through cost savings, technology and sustainability. Dan Wilkins, director of national accounts, says the company chose Atlanta because it is the forward-thinking, innovation hub of the south.
With headquarters located in metro Atlanta, Triatek has spent years at the forefront of the design and manufacture of airflow solutions for critical environments. CEO Jim Hall spoke about the infrastructure and resources afforded to companies in the metro region as being second to none.
Hi Rez Studios, with global headquarters in Atlanta, is a leading video game studio specializing in the Free-to-Play business model. The studio’s games, like Smite, have become heavyweights on the competitive gaming scene.
Loupe is a new visual art streaming experience, exporting innovative new artists to app users around the world. When it comes to working in Atlanta, Loupe’s Nicole Kutz spoke highly of the city’s access to the international community through the renowned Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.
Spitfire Studios is a high caliber production and broadcast design studio based in Midtown Atlanta. Spitfire specializes in on-air promotions, branded entertainment and special shoots. Director/Partner Tripp Rhame spoke highly of the creative environment of Atlanta specifically brought about by local government’s support of the visual arts.
Category: Global Partner Recipient
Global Atlanta is being honored this year as a Global Partner Recipient for its work reporting on international business from a local perspective. Global Atlanta specifically covers local businesses making an impact in the international community – the same subject that the Global Impact Awards seeks to celebrate.
For more information on the Global Impact Awards, visit: https://www.metroatlantachamber.com/events/featured/global-impact-awards