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Michelin Receives the 2012 Governor’s Award

michelingovaward(February 13, 2013) Michelin North America’s Norwood aircraft manufacturing plant received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Workforce Development as an Outstanding Employer. This award is given to a local employer for its outstanding achievement in workforce and is sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the North Carolina Commission on Workforce Development.

Preston Gray, Michelin site manager, received the award during the North Carolina Workforce Development Partnership Conference in November in Greensboro and noted, “The Governor’s award is a great honor for our plant; Michelin prides itself on workforce development and building relationships with educational partners."

Michelin was nominated by Stanly Community College and the Centralina Workforce Development Board.

“The Centralina Workforce Development Board (WDB) is extremely proud to have the winner of the 2012 Governor’s Award in its region. We are also very proud of our great working relationship with Stanly Community College and local employers like Michelin,” commented David Hollars, Centralina WDB Executive Director. “This makes the fourth year in a row that a company from Stanly County has been a recipient of the Governor’s Award. In 2009, Storm Technologies was the award recipient, in 2010, Preformed Line Products received this prestigious award and Avdel Infastech in 2011.”

SCC President Dr. Brenda Kays stated, “Michelin clearly recognizes and values the role of education and training in the development of its workforce.  The college is very proud of its partnership with Michelin and looks forward to launching further initiatives with the industry in the future.”


The 2012 Governor’s Award pictured left to right, front row: David Hollars-Centralina Workforce Development Board, Scott Rogers-Michelin Training Instructor, Bobby Barfield-Michelin Training Instructor, Danny Lingerfelt-Michelin Training Instructor, Marion Kinley-SCC, Preston Gray-Michelin Site Manager, Rhonda Earl-Smith-Michelin Site Communications & Training Manager, and Ed Shimpock – Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware.  Back row: Nadine Bowers-SCC Board of Trustees Chair, Tom Ramseur-Stanly County Chamber of Commerce, Don McCorquodale-NC Governor’s Commission on Workforce Development & SAS Institute, Tom George-SCC, and Dr. Brenda Kays-SCC President.