Greene chamber honors ATC Board member’s manufacturing plant
The Greene County Chamber of Commerce honored the NIBCO manufacturing facility in Greensboro as the Large Business of the Year during the chamber’s annual meeting and awards banquet Thursday, March 28.
Larry Conn, Greene County representative on the Athens Technical College Board of Directors, serves as plant general manager for the Greensboro NIBCO facility that makes plastic fittings for the commercial and industrial markets.
Founded and headquartered in Indiana, NIBCO has a manufacturing history that spans more than 107 years and has operated under four generations of family leadership and employee ownership. The company operates 10 manufacturing plants and distribution centers throughout the United States, Mexico and Poland. The Greensboro plant has been running for 33 years.
In recognizing the Greensboro NIBCO plant as the Large Business of the Year, the chamber’s incoming Chairwoman Vickie Jenkins cited the many ways the company and its employees have been involved in the Greene County community.
The Festival Hall cultural and performing arts center in Greensboro, the FERST Foundation of Childhood Literacy, the Southland Jubilee, the Union Junction Jamboree, the American Cancer Society’s local Relay for Live, the Peter Nance Boys & Girls Club, the chamber of commerce, the Greene County Christmas Stocking Fund, Greene County Schools, the Special Olympics, the 4H and many other organizations have benefitted from NIBCO’s generosity, Ms. Jenkins told those in attendance.
NIBCO employees also provide maintenance to the Union Point Theater Renovation, serve as mentors, join local boards and civic committees, participate in Career Day at local schools, help out with Habitat for Humanity home construction and are active in the Manufacturers Council.
Athens Technical College maintains a great working relationship with NIBCO, said Sibley Bryan III, director of the college’s Greene County Campus in Greensboro.
“They use us for several trainings including Arch Flash training and OSHA training, and we also provide them room to conduct their own employee training that their corporate office provides, like CPR,” Mr. Bran said. “They have donated things to us as well. They are always using the college and this campus when they can and they have always been a solid customer and supporter of Athens Technical College.
Giving back to the community is important to the company, Mr. Conn said in an email statement.
“This award recognizes the involvement of our associates in supporting important community activities. Since the start-up of our operations in January, 1980, we have strived to be an active contributor to our community and understand the importance of corporate citizenship,” Mr. Conn said. “NIBCO Inc. is honored to receive the Large Business of the Year Award from the Greene County Chamber of Commerce, and our team is pleased to be recognized in this way by our peers.”
Photo caption: Employees with the NIBCO plant in Greensboro gathered for a photo on the floor of the facility where the company makes plastic fittings for commercial and industrial markets.