Chamber recognizes large business, manufacturer of year

Published 10:24 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2018

During Tuesday morning’s Early Bird Breakfast, the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce honored its large business of the year and manufacturer of the year.

Both of them had been honored by the chamber before for their success in the community.

Jackson Services was named the Large Business of the Year and Duracell was awarded Manufacturer of the Year/Large Business of the Year for the second year in a row.

Duracell poses for a photo after being named Large Business and Manufacturer of the Year. –Daniel Evans

“It’s truly exciting for us. We won last year, and we won again this year, so it’s been a fantastic two-year run for us,” said Pat Bowers, the site director at Duracell.  “I think the company as a whole has been investing like crazy in LaGrange, which is great. We’ve got a really good base for the future here in LaGrange, and we need strong, talented people as the company continues, and we move forward.”

Duracell is currently in the midst of an expansion that will lead to all of the company’s AA and AAA batteries being manufactured in LaGrange.

Dale Jackson, who co-owns Jackson Services with Ben Jackson, said the Large Business of the Year is a great representation of the community as a whole. Like LaGrange, Jackson Services has grown a lot in the last few years.

“In 2014, we won small business of the year and now in 2017, we have won Large Business of the Year,” Dale Jackson said.

“I think that’s a perfect representation of the growth that we have seen in LaGrange as a community. It’s much bigger than just our company at Jackson Services, but it demonstrates the transformation we are witnessing in LaGrange and Troup County.”

The last time the company won it was known as Jackson Heating and Air. In January, the company announced a new name, new logo and additional services — including plumbing, a mechanical division and home automation.

“We’ve been laying the groundwork with things we started back in 2010, 2011 and it’s been a major investment for us personally,” Jackson said. “And it’s been perfect timing with the community to really latch on and see those ideas come to fruition.”