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Our Next Meeting - Tour of World-Renowned R & D Center



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Date:  Wednesday, August 20, 2014



4:00 p.m. - Registration and light refreshments.  Networking.

4:30 p.m. - Welcome by GAMA, and Welcome and Overview by Novelis

4:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Self-Guided Tours.  Networking after you complete your tour.


Reasons this is a must-see event include:

  • Novelis is the world's premier producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in aluminum recycling.
  • Learn how OEM's and suppliers can create more fuel efficient vehicles without compromising performance.
  • This R&D Center is world-renowned - just opened in June 2012.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet with SME's (Subject Matter Experts) in each of several technology exhibit areas, and guide your own tour, spending time where you want.
  • See a state-of-the-art "dual beam" scanning electron microscope that allows you to see details of aluminum microstructure.
  • View pristine labs that test for corrosion, surface properties, and formability for aluminum sheet used for automobile bodies, doors, hoods, and roofs
  • See half of a Jaguar body made from Novelis aluminum.


Location:  Novelis Global Research and Technology Center
1950 Vaughn Road, Suite 100
Kennesaw, Georgia  30144






Registration Fee: 

GAMA Members - $  80.00 on or before 8/13/14 - $90.00 after 8/13/14

Non-Members -    $160.00 on or before 8/13/14 - $180.00 after 8/13/14


We expect this event to be a sell-out, so we encourage both members and non-members to register online early.


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What is GAMA?


The Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association, Inc. (GAMA) is a private, non-profit trade association which passionately promotes the interests of Georgia’s automotive

manufacturing industry.  GAMA is a community of businesses with common interests and goals which provides a highly interactive forum to help members achieve the following:

  • continual improvement in their businesses
  • higher levels of innovation, quality, and profitability
  • professional success through unique educational opportunities
  • successful networking among customers and peers




  • August 20, 2014 - Tour of Novelis Global Research and Technology Center; Kennesaw, Georgia, 4pm-7pm
  • September 9, 2014 - OSHA Information Meeting - OSHAS 18001, Rome, GA
  • November 18, 2014 - Economic Update Meeting; Douglasville, Georgia
  • February 17, 2015 - Quality Update Meeting; LaGrange, Georgia


Membership Benefits Include:

  • Networking; Opportunity to Meet Potential Customers; Sharing Best Practices; Info on Key Industry Issues; Critical and Timely Info on Improving Innovation, Quality, and Profitability
  • Periodic Meetings; Plant Tours; Access to Membership Directory; Access to PowerPoints from Meetings; Social Events
  • Supplier of the Year Award (coming - Committee work has begun)
  • Corporate Membership with Brooks Brothers (15% Discount).  Please go to the Members Only portion of the GAMA website and login for info and immediate access to these benefits.  Access to Automotive News Breaking News RSS Feed.

Membership has grown from zero to over 400 members in just over three years.  Come join the excitement!

...or... Renew Your Membership!

Our Mission & Objectives:

»   Mission

GAMA’s mission is to passionately promote the growth, profitability, and continual improvement of automotive manufacturing in Georgia.

GAMA will be successful when...

  • the levels of innovation, quality, and profitability of our members are regarded as among the best in the industry
  • our members are universally recognized for their leadership in automotive vehicle and component manufacturing
  • Georgia is regarded as a premier location for automotive manufacturing and related support businesses

»   Objectives

  • To provide information and share knowledge on issues impacting the automotive industry
  • To encourage positive relationships and foster common interests among the automotive manufacturing community
  • To conduct educational programs which enhance the professions of all those involved in automotive manufacturing
  • To provide strategic direction for workforce development in Georgia

Some of our previous events:

  • July 15, 2014 - OSHA Information Meeting - OSHAS 18001; Lanett, AL/West Point, GA
  • May 6, 2014 at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA (1st Annual Golf Tournament)
  • February 18, 2014 in LaGrange, GA (Joint Meeting with AAMA)
  • November 11-12, 2013 in Douglasville, GA (included Supplier Expo)
  • August 14, 2013 in Chattanooga, TN - VW Plant Tour
  • June 21, 2013 at The Crowne Plaza - Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia, Atlanta, GA
  • May 14, 2013 at The Historic Academy of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
  • February 12, 2013 in Rome, GA
  • November 6, 2012 in Pine Mountain, GA
  • August 2, 2012 in West Point, GA - KIA Plant Tour
  • May 15, 2012 in LaGrange, GA
  • February 24, 2012 in Duluth, GA
  • November 14, 2011 in Rome, GA
  • August 23, 2011 in LaGrange, GA
  • Inaugural Meeting, June 2, 2011, in Atlanta, GA




Rick Walker, President and CEO of GAMA, speaking at the NABE Automotive Outlook Symposium held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch, on May 29, 2014.














Randy Jackson, Senior VP Human Resources & Administration of Kia Motors Manufacturing, was the Keynote Speaker at GAMA's February 18, 2014 meeting in LaGrange, GA



GAMA Meeting, June 21, 2013 - "Celebrating Women Who Power the Automotive Industry".  Left to right:  Barbara McDaniel, Toyota (Mississippi); Suzanne Dickerson, CU-ICAR (South Carolina); Susan Peterson, The Communication Center (Washington, DC); Jean Marie Thrower, Supplier Development Systems (Alabama); Susan Brennan, Nissan (Tennessee); and Corinne Hodges, Kia (Georgia)


Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, was the Keynote Speaker at GAMA's November 6, 2012 Meeting in Pine Mountain, GA.

Opening Remarks at June 2, 2011 Inaugural Meeting

Inaugural Meeting (left to right):

  • Rick Walker, Falcon IP Capital, President and CEO of GAMA
  • Heather Lathbury Seckman, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
  • Charles Stallworth, Georgia Power





(PowerPoints from all previous meetings are available in "Members Only" section.)





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Recent GAMA News :

July 15, 2014 - Special GAMA Meeting - OSHA 18001 in Lanett, AL/West Point, GA

May 6, 2014 - First Annual Golf Tournament at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

February 18, 2014 - Membership Meeting (Joint Meeting with AAMA) in LaGrange, GA

November 11-12, 2013 - Supplier Expo and Quarterly Meeting - Douglasville, GA

August 14, 2013 - Membership Meeting - Chattanooga, TN (VW Plant Tour)

June 21, 2013 - Membership Meeting - Celebrating Women Leaders in Automotive - Atlanta, Georgia 

 Wide Angle of 6-21-13 MeetingMay 14, 2013 - Special Meeting - Bill Strauss (U.S. Fed. Reserve) - Atlanta, Georgia

February 12, 2013 - Membership Meeting - Rome, GA - 1st Annual Quality Update

November 6, 2012 - Membership Meeting - Pine Mountain, Georgia - 2nd Annual Economic Update - Bill Strauss (U.S. Fed. Reserve)

August 2, 2012 - Membership Meeting - West Point, Georgia (Kia Plant Tour) 

May 15, 2012 - Membership Meeting - LaGrange, Georgia

February 24, 2012 - Membership Meeting - Duluth, Georgia 

November 14, 2011 - Membership Meeting - Rome, Georgia - 1st Annual Economic Update - Bill Strauss (U.S. Fed. Reserve)

August 23, 2011 - Membership Meeting - LaGrange, Georgia. 

June 2, 2011 - First Membership Meeting ever was held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The GAMA Board of Advisors toured the Suzuki Manufacturing of America plant in Rome, Georgia.

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Supporting Members :

Alston & Bird LLP

AutoForm Engineering USA

DTH Expeditors, Inc.

Express-1, Inc.

Fred Jones Enterprises, L.L.C.

Georgia Tech/Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce

I.K. Hofmann USA, Inc.


The Melby Group, Inc.

O'Neal Inc.

Old Fashion Foods Inc.

P&R Castings/Fasteners

PLEX Systems

Polytron, Inc.

Suzuki Motor Corporation