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The best thing that Glynn County manufacturers can do is get to know each other and share resources, some industry leaders say.

That's why a group of about 25 met for a manufacturer's roundtable this week.

The meeting had no set agenda and was solely to help business owners get to know one another and discuss what they need to grow their businesses.

"The intention is to kind of connect local manufacturers with key support organizations and that's the Chamber of Commerce, development authority, College of Coastal Georgia and Altama Technical College," said Pat Grozier, vice president of Pinova, who is involved in organizing the quarterly event.

It's not the first time industry leaders have gathered on a large scale. Similar events took place on an irregular basis a few years ago.

"It's a networking initiative primarily, but we think if we can connect all of the manufacturers locally with all of the resources we have, specifically around education and development, ultimately we can end up growing manufacturing," Grozier said.

It's all about making sure existing businesses have the resources they need.

"From our standpoint, our local companies, our local manufacturers, are really important to us, and we want to give them every resource," said Mel Baxter, chairman of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority board.

The common theme among most of the manufacturers in attendance Wednesday was a concern about an aging workforce, said John Scott, project manager for the development authority.

Learning the areas to focus on that will foster existing businesses is invaluable, Scott said.

"It's about supporting our existing industries. We try to work to hard to recruit industries, but we need to make sure that we work hard to support the ones we already have here," Scott said. "The existing industry is really the bread and butter of the county."

* Reporter Nikki Wiley writes about government, business and local topics. Contact her at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 321.

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