Welcome to GAMA 


(Encore Presentation - Due to the Overwhelming Response in Lanett/West Point on July 15, 2014)




TOPIC - OSHA's "Regional Emphasis Program" Targeting Automotive Suppliers in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi 

- What You Need to Know and How OHSAS 18001 Can Help 

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 

Time: 7:30am to 9:30am - includes continental breakfast  
Registration and Networking begin at 7:00am


 Location:  Georgia Northwestern Technical College Auditorium

One Maurice Culberson Drive; Rome, Georgia  30161

All meeting attendees will receive a 40-page OSHA manual. 


Featured Speaker:  Davis Woodruff

President, Management Methods, Inc.

Management Consultant, Professional Engineer, 

Published Author, and Professional Speaker 

Mr. Woodruff's presentation will highlight OSHA's recent "Regional Emphasis Program for Safety Hazards in Auto Parts Industry" in Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.  This program targets "enforcement of safety hazards and outreach for hazardous working conditions in this industry.  The most common causes of injury in this industry are Lock Out/Tag Out, Machine Guarding, and Electrical Hazards".  

OHSAS 18001 is an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OSHAS) Standard.  The benefits of having OHSAS 18001 in place will be presented, as well as details on key features of this standard.   

Space is limited, so it is recommended that you register early.  



Registration Fee - includes printed OSHA Manual and continental breakfast

GAMA Members - $55.00 on or before 9/2/14 - $65.00 after 9/2/14

Non-Members of GAMA - $110.00 on or before 9/2/14 - $130.00 after 9/2/14




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 - OHSAS 18001, Rome, GA - REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 16TH
  • 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

Georgia Tech/Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce


O'Neal Inc.

Old Fashion Foods Inc.

P&R Castings/Fasteners

PLEX Systems

Polytron, Inc.