Meanwhile, the architectural glass fabricator also is being recognized for its focus on its employees as people with lives outside work.
So Ogeechee Technical College, assisted by the Statesboro -Bulloch County Chamber of Commerce's Industry and Large Business Committee, chose Viracon as the area's nominee for 2014 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year.
Viracon, state winner in the medium manufacturers category in 2005, was not chosen for the state award this year but garners praise locally for its commitment to its employees and the community.
"They have a lot of good things going on out there in their employee programs," OTC Vice President for Economic Development Lori Durden said. "They're just really good to their employees."