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The Polk County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized GEO Specialty Chemicals for outstanding community service as Runner Up in the Industry of the Year award, presented on April 18, 2013 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Operating continuously in Polk County since 1898, the GEO plant remains a respected and reliable employer, for reasons such as a near zero employee turnover rate and an average 22 years of service per employee.
Since 1999, GEO has added 18 high paying jobs, a 29% increase in employment opportunities. In 2011 and 2012, the facility spent over $3.6 million in capital improvements and expansion and plans to spend another $2.4 million this year.
The plant’s creative management approach includes "Red Shirt Friday" as a visible symbol of support for U.S. troops and for raising funds to ship out 100 care packages to soldiers deployed overseas. Other spirit and team building activities: a 90-day health challenge for employees to encourage healthier lifestyles, annual health fairs to provide information and guidance from local health-related businesses, free annual flu vaccinations and regular "Lunch and Learn" sessions for health education accompanied by free lunches for employees.
A member of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce for over 40 years, GEO remains connected to its surrounding community. Most recently, the return of the steam whistle, an iconic reminder of Cedartown's past, served as a sign of the commitment of GEO to continue as a local employer. Its environmentally-conscious activities include the development of an innovative process to produce a unique and highly successful vegetable-based lubricant for the rapidly growing shale oil drilling process in North Dakota. GEO’s Cedartown plant also recently began beneficial land application of bio sludge that is eliminating about 1.5 million pounds going to local land fill.
Keep Polk Beautiful has presented GEO with its Community Service Award, and the Cedartown United Fund awarded GEO the Highest Contribution per Employee Award every year for the past 10 years. GEO maintains active leadership and board representation in the following organizations: