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Interfor Announces Millwright Apprenticeship Program in the US South

Interfor is launching a three-year Millwright Apprenticeship Program to support career development at its sawmills across the US South.

The program addresses the current workforce shortage of millwrights, and ensures that Interfor will have skilled employees to handle equipment maintenance at its mills, improving efficiencies, ensuring safety, and mitigating quality issues.

“The Millwright Apprenticeship Program is an investment in our people and our infrastructure that aligns with our business strategy to build value by delivering operational excellence,” said Interfor Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Mark Stock.

Twenty-seven Interfor employees were selected – enabling them to earn while they learn, without having to leave their homes and families for extended periods of time. Interfor will be providing paid, on-the-job training and career development for these employees.

The local apprentices for Eatonton are Keith (Robert) Miller, Franklin Greene, and Chris Batchelor.

“Interfor is the largest lumber producer in the State of Georgia and today’s announcement shows they are investing not only in mills but also in people – providing Georgians with great local jobs for today and tomorrow,” said Commissioner Pat Wilson, Georgia Department of Economic Development.

 Interfor will deliver the program with the learning support of three partners: The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) will deliver the interactive theory component of the program, while Georgia-based Charles Black & Associates will provide practical training in a classroom setting for the apprentices at the Central Georgia Technical College – Macon campus.

The final component of the program is mentored, on-the-job work experience throughout the entire three years.

The program is open to Interfor’s maintenance and production employees at its mills in Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas. Upon completion, apprentices will receive a Journey worker certificate. Training begins June 5 with additional intakes once per year.

This program is Interfor’s first US Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program. The Company is working with state and local economic development offices to secure funding, and hopes the success of the Millwright Program will expand apprenticeship training to other positions in the future.



Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of 3 billion board feet and offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world. For more information about Interfor, visit our website at www.interfor.com .

For further information:

Tim Lowrimore
Public Affairs Manager
(478) 244-0410



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Marble Works celebrates expanded showroom - Company Profile

Community members join Brett Mauldin and family to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of Marble Works new showroom on Harmony Road.

The Eatonton Messenger
April 13, 2017

Marble Works is proud to announce its expansion after serving the area for 27 years. Community members gathered recently to celebrate the unveiling of its new showroom and expansion into tile services.

Marble Works has made a name for itself offering granite, quartz, marble, and cultured marble services. Due to ongoing requests from their customers the owners realized there was a need to expand into tile services.

As part of the expansion they created a brand new show room that highlights the options available for flooring, showers, backsplashes and many other applications.

Marble Works has been a family owned business since opening in 1990.

“We pride ourselves on customer service, competitive pricing and our family touch,” said Brett Mauldin. Marble Works is located at 841 Harmony Road in Eatonton.


Vizitech Mobilizes Classroom Learning

By Shannon Sneed
The Eatonton Messenger
March 23, 2017

With visual demonstrations key to understanding the scope of the technology involved in Vizitech USA’s learning program, the company will be taking their show on the road.

Rolling out April 1 in new buses designed with their logo and contact information displayed artistically on the sides, Vizitech representatives will travel across the United States honoring requests from school system officials interested in finding ways to upgrade their technology for a more hands-on approach in classrooms.

“We will be going from Florida to Texas to Colorado and back across to Washington, D.C.,” Vizitech President Stewart Rodeheaver said, noting they will introduce their technology to schools and businesses across America with a focus on helping improve education and training.

The buses will be stocked with samples of Vizitech’s virtual reality machine, augmented reality display, 3D printers and portable 3D theater, which also can be used to enhance learning at summer technology camps.

The East Sumter Street business, which opened in Eatonton in January 2014, now services over 1,000 school systems as well as corporations such as Georgia Power and Lockheed Martin.


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