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georgia tech edi growing georgia through technology driven solutions

Georgia Tech EDIGrowing Georgia Through Technology-Driven Solutions

IT Solutions Center Grand Opening

Albany, Georgia

August 29, 2002


Georgia Tech's Economic Development Institute (EDI) offers an array of services with a common objective: Growing Georgia through technology-driven solutions.

economic development institute
Economic Development Institute
  • Our mission is to help companies and communities create and maintain jobs throughout Georgia by:
    • Assisting Business and Industry
    • Growing New Companies
    • Attracting Companies to Georgia
    • Preparing Communities for Growth
edi s statewide presence
EDI’s Statewide Presence
  • 17 Regional Offices
  • 170 Engineers, Business Specialists and Support Personnel
georgia tech s new regional office managers
Georgia Tech’s New Regional Office Managers

Jerry Zolkowski: Northwest Region –

Dalton, Rome & Cartersville


Karen Fite:

Northeast Region –

Athens & Gainesville


Art Ford:

South Region –

Albany & Douglas


Alan Barfoot: Central Region – Dublin & Macon



Georgia Tech’s New Regional Office Managers

Todd Hurd:

East Region –



Jennifer Trapp

West Region –

Newnan, Carrollton,

Griffin & Columbus


Jill Winkelman:

Coastal Region –

Savannah & Brunswick


edi statistics
EDI Statistics
  • Creation or retention of 1,000+ jobs
  • Georgia companies report:
    • $43 million in increased sales
    • $29 million in savings
  • 81% success rate for implementations
our services include
Our Services Include:
  • Economic Development Initiatives
  • Energy Management
  • Environmental Health & Safety
  • Information Technology
  • Lean Enterprise Transformation
  • Quality and International Standards
center for economic development services
Center for Economic Development Services

Areas of Expertise

  • Professional Development
  • Community Telecommunications
  • Community Assistance
  • Prospect Assistance
  • Impact Models/LOCI
  • Applied Research
energy management effectively managing energy purchases use
Energy ManagementEffectively Managing Energy Purchases & Use
  • Recommend optimum energy purchasing strategies
  • Audit your facility to identify energy saving opportunities
  • Nationally adopted Management System for Energy - MSE 2000
trimming energy costs for thomaston s yamaha
Trimming Energy Costs for Thomaston's Yamaha

Yamaha Music Manufacturing

Thomaston, GA

  • Manufactures pianos and speakers
  • Provided ISO 14000 Implementation assistance
  • Conducted plant-wide energy assessment
  • Result: Saved $140,000 in annual operating costs
environmental management incorporating environmental management systems into production
Environmental ManagementIncorporating Environmental Management Systems into Production
  • Training and assessments to help you minimize waste, save money and make a positive impact on your community
  • Assistance with compliance information
  • Implementation of ISO 14000
partnership saves 518k in energy environmental costs
Partnership Saves $518k in Energy & Environmental Costs

Rabun Apparel

Rabun Gap, Georgia

  • Closest landfill near capacity
  • High waste transportation costs
  • Conducted study of methods to reduce production of wood ash
  • Recommended alternative heat source
  • Result: Saved $518,000 in energy costs, reduced ash output by 2,100 tons/year
information technology adopting information technology to reduce time to market
Information TechnologyAdopting Information Technology to Reduce Time to Market
  • Guide your business through proven ERP software selection methodologies
  • Create customized solutions using Microsoft Access
  • E-Business and Web site development assistance
big savings for atlanta start up
Big Savings for Atlanta Start-Up

KDI, Inc

Tucker, Georgia

  • Manufactures disposable baby bibs
  • Looking for ways to automate accounting and materials requirement planning
  • Provided software selection assistance
  • Result: Saved over $10,000 on software purchase
lean enterprise a strategic approach to business excellence
Lean EnterpriseA Strategic Approach to Business Excellence
  • Assess current business state and identify areas of opportunity
  • Provide a total curriculum and customized approach to lean training
  • Guide your company through a focused implementation project
assistance boosts productivity at pool company
Assistance Boosts Productivity at Pool Company

Muskin Leisure Products

Midway, Georgia

  • Above ground pool manufacturer
  • Provided comprehensive lean implementation training and assistance
  • Result:
    • Reduced lead time by 75%
    • Reduced WIP by 90%
    • Reduced space utilization by 41%

“First, Georgia Tech listens and looks at what you need; they try to understand what’s wrong or what do you want to achieve. Second, they have the expertise; And third, they combine classroom training and working with people on the floor.” Jean Jacques Arignon

Vice President of Operations

quality and international standards continuing the focus on the global marketplace
Quality and International StandardsContinuing the Focus on the Global Marketplace
  • Deliver programs designed to prepare you for the global marketplace
  • Help you develop, implement and maintain systems that conform to international standards
  • Performance improvement training including root cause analysis, continual improvement, and customer satisfaction
fast track iso helps save operations
Fast Track ISO Helps Save Operations

American Firewear

Cave Springs, Georgia

  • Manufactures clothing for firefighters
  • Without immediate ISO 9000 registration, facility risked closure
  • Attended Georgia Tech ISO courses
  • Provided onsite technical assistance to prepare for registration audit
  • Result: ISO 9000 registration achieved, plant remains in operation
improving performance meeting iso standards
Improving Performance & Meeting ISO Standards

E-Z-Go Textron

Augusta, GA

  • Helped E-Z-Go implement ISO 9000 standards
  • Guided the company's qualification to meet quality standards set by the American Welding Society
  • Provided logistics study to improve its assembly lines and process flow
  • Improvements in material handling led to a 20% increase in speed of subassembly robots

Implementing the standard “has brought awareness to executive staff regarding which goals are important and need to be monitored”.

comprehensive services
Comprehensive Services
  • Executive introductions
    • Free
  • Needs & opportunity assessments
    • Cost depends on type of assessment
  • Training
    • Open enrollment from $99 to $1,600
    • Onsite from $2,250 to $3,250
  • Implementation projects
    • $750/day per staff member
a typical implementation lean
A Typical Implementation (Lean)

Executive Introduction ½ day Free

Needs Assessment 1 day Free

Onsite training 1 day $3,250

Implementation project 1 week $7,500*

Follow up 1 day Free

Total project $10,750

* Two GT staff members

muskin leisure products
Muskin Leisure Products

Dick Raffaelli

Sr. Vice President

Marketing and Sales

“…tremendous improvements in product quality as well as on- time shipping performance.”

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Muskin Leisure Products

Mr. Gary Head

Quality Manager

“I can’t emphasize enough how important being certified to the (ISO) standard is for Muskin Leisure Products.”

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Muskin Leisure Products

“In closing, I just want to say thank you to the State of Georgia for providing those kind of resources.”

dedicated to your success
Dedicated to Your Success
  • Gateway to the resources available at Georgia Tech
  • Cost effective resource for training and consulting needs
  • Match your needs with our partners around the state and country
to find out more contact
To Find Out More Contact:

Jennifer Trapp