Patterson Pump Gives Out $1,000 Bonuses Due to Tax Reform

Local manufacturer Patterson Pump has awarded every one of its full-time employee a one-time bonus of $1,000. Patterson Pump is a division of The Gorman-Rupp Company and that company has awarded this same bonus to all of its full time employees, in every division and in every location worldwide. As stated in a press release from the company, “This bonus is in recognition of the contributions made by all of our employees to the success of The Gorman-Rupp Company this year, as well as the financial benefit we received from the recent reduction in our U.S. corporate income tax rate. This special bonus is being paid in addition to any regular profit-sharing payment which may be paid later this year.”

Industry Spotlight: Fieldale Farms

Company: Fieldale Farms
Located in Stephens County: 2005
Address: 270 Fdc Biproduct Dr Eastanollee, GA 30538
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 In 1995, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Fieldale Farms Corporation was the sixth largest privately owned company in the state of Georgia. The company is a "fully integrated" facility for processing whole chickens smaller than 2.5 pounds and oversees its product at every stage. Chickens are bred at 700 different Fieldale breeder farms, hatched at one of four Fieldale hatcheries, fed with the product of Fieldale field mills, and processed and packed at one of Fieldale's three processing plants in North Georgia.

Industry Spotlight: Osborne Wood Products

Company Name: Osborne Wood Products
Located in Stephens County:1989
Address: 4618 Highway 123, Toccoa, GA 30577
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Osborne Wood Products was founded in 1979 by Stephens County native Leon and Janice Osborne. The Toccoa based company began as a sub-contracting wood supplier. Ten years after its founding Osborne saw the need for small quantities and custom sized furniture parts, leading the couple to open a specialized manufacturing plant.