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NOTE: Registration is currently set to close on Friday, October 28th at 12 noon



Blue Bird - Plant Tour

Date:  Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Place:  Blue Bird - Main Plant
             402 Blue Bird Blvd.
             Fort Valley, GA 31030
Time:  9:00am - see schedule below

Tour Schedule
  • 9:00am - Check-in begins at Blue Bird - Main Office, 402 Blue Bird Blvd., Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
  • 9:00am-9:45am - Networking in Cafeteria
  • 9:45am - Introductions, Overview of Tour, Organize Tour Groups, and Begin Tour 
  • 11:05am - Return to Cafeteria for Q&A 
  • 11:20am - Group Luncheon at world-famous Lane Southern Orchards, 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
  • 12:45pm - Estimated conclusion.  Depart from Lane Southern Orchards.
A big thank you to our Lunch Sponsor:
Space is limited.  We expect high demand.  
Please register early to secure a spot. 
You must pre-register for this event.
No walk-ins will be allowed.

  • Shoes that enclose the foot are required (i.e. no open-toe shoes, clogs, sandals, etc.).
  • Long pants are required.
  • No weapons.
  • No smoking.
  • Must follow all safety and security requirements as established by Blue Bird Corporation.



GAMA Members   
Non-Members of GAMA   
Registration fee includes group lunch at 11:30am at world-famous Lane Southern Orchards.
Register early - Space is limited.  We expect this tour to sell out early.



Please note that by registering for this event, you agree to allow GAMA, at its discretion, to reproduce your photo or likeness in any GAMA communications. You also agree to allow GAMA to publish your name and company as a registrant for this meeting. This applies to both members and non-members.

All registrations processed can only be applied to the current event and cannot be applied to future registration or membership fees. No refunds. We thank you.

You also agree to allow GAMA to publish your name and company as a registrant for this meeting.




 GAMA = Business Opportunities - find new business


+ Great Connections - business and personal networking


+ Unique Experiences - be the first to:

  • learn about new industry initiatives,
  • meet thought leaders in automotive and related industries
  • have one-of-a-kind encounters not available elsewhere


---> that Drive your Profits and Business Success!



...or... Renew Your Membership!



GAMA was represented at a tour of the new Local Motors Microfactory in Oak Ridge, TN on August 31, 2016 by Rick Walker, President and CEO of GAMA (far right).  

The tour was part of a visit by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce Matt Erskine to Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL).  (Secretary Erskine is second from right in the foreground).







  • MAMA hosted the SAC in Biloxi, Mississippi this year - October 5-7, 2016 - The event was a huge success.  
  • AAMA is hosting the SAC in 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • GAMA is hosting the SAC in 2018.  Great News for GAMA and all of our supporters!




What is GAMA?

The Georgia Automotive Manufacturers Association, Inc. (GAMA) is a non-profit trade association which passionately promotes the interests of Georgia’s automotive and ground transportation industry.  GAMA is a community of businesses with common interests and goals which provides a highly interactive forum to help members achieve the following:
  • continual improvement in their businesses
  • higher levels of innovation, quality, and profitability
  • professional success through unique educational opportunities
  • successful networking among customers and peers




  • November 2, 2016 - Plant Tour - Blue Bird - Main Bus Assembly Plant, Fort Valley, Georgia.   REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE 
  • February, 2017 - Quarterly Update Meeting - Date, Topic, and Location to be determined.
  • May 2, 2017 - Annual Golf Tournament - Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
  • August 10, 2017 - Annual Economic Update - Federal Reserve Bank - Location to be determined


Membership Benefits Include:

  • Networking; Opportunity to Meet and be Introduced to Potential Customers; Sharing Best Practices; Info on Key Industry Issues; Critical and Timely Info on Improving Innovation, Quality, and Profitability                              
  • Periodic Meetings; Plant Tours; Access to Membership Directory; Access to PowerPoints from Meetings; Social Events
  • Supplier of the Year Award (coming - Committee work has begun)
  • Corporate Membership with Brooks Brothers (15% Discount).  Please go to the Members Only portion of the GAMA website and login for info and immediate access to these benefits.  Access to Automotive News Breaking News RSS Feed.                                                 
Membership has grown from zero to about 500 members in about five years.  Come join the excitement!


...or... Renew Your Membership!


Our Mission & Objectives:

»   Mission

GAMA’s mission is to passionately promote the growth, profitability, and continual improvement of automotive

      manufacturing in Georgia and the Southeast.

GAMA will be successful when...

  • the levels of innovation, quality, and profitability of our members are regarded as among the best in the industry
  • our members are universally recognized for their leadership in automotive vehicle and component manufacturing
  • Georgia is regarded as a premier location for automotive manufacturing and related support businesses

»   Objectives

  • To provide information and share knowledge on issues impacting the automotive industry
  • To encourage positive relationships and foster common interests among the automotive manufacturing community
  • To conduct educational programs which enhance the professions of all those involved in automotive manufacturing
  • To provide strategic direction for workforce development in Georgia and the Southeast




Rick Walker, President and CEO of GAMA, speaking at the NABE Automotive Outlook Symposium held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - Detroit Branch, on May 29, 2014.














Randy Jackson, Senior VP Human Resources & Administration of Kia Motors Manufacturing, was the Keynote Speaker at GAMA's February 18, 2014 meeting in LaGrange, GA



GAMA Meeting, June 21, 2013 - "Celebrating Women Who Power the Automotive Industry".  Left to right:  Barbara McDaniel, Toyota (Mississippi); Suzanne Dickerson, CU-ICAR (South Carolina); Susan Peterson, The Communication Center (Washington, DC); Jean Marie Thrower, Supplier Development Systems (Alabama); Susan Brennan, Nissan (Tennessee); and Corinne Hodges, Kia (Georgia)


Bill Strauss, Senior Economist and Economic Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, was the Keynote Speaker at GAMA's November 6, 2012 Meeting in Pine Mountain, GA.  Bill will be speaking at the GAMA Meeting on November 10, 2015, his fifth address to a GAMA audience. 



Inaugural Meeting - June 2, 2011 (left to right):

  • Rick Walker, Falcon IP Capital, President and CEO of GAMA
  • Heather Lathbury Seckman, Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce
  • Charles Stallworth, Georgia Power





(PowerPoints from previous meetings are available in the "Members Only" section.)





Sponsors :

GAMA is grateful for the following sponsors: (Become a Sponsor)                                                          





 Strategic Partners :






Supporting Members :



Autoform Engineering USA, Inc.

CAB Incorporated

Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC

Development Authority of Polk County

Georgia Tech/Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce 

Hodges Warehouse + Logistics

Jones Lang LaSalle

K.S. West Virginia

Management Methods, Inc.

Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority

O'Neal Inc.

Omni-ID, Inc.

P&R Castings/Fasteners 

Page & Jones, Inc.

PLEX Systems

Shiloh Industries, Inc.

Stratosphere Quality 

Surgere, Inc.

UFP Technologies

VCA North America


Recent GAMA News : 


August 11, 2016 - Annual Economic Meeting, Douglasville, Georgia

May 3, 2016 - Annual Golf Tournament, The Country Club of the South, Johns Creek, Georgia

February 9, 2016 - Quality Update Meeting, Douglasville, Georgia

December 2, 2015 - Special "Issues Update" Meeting, Porsche Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia

November 10, 2015 - Annual Economic Meeting, Douglasville, Georgia

September 22, 2015 - Tour of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Plant in Montgomery, Alabama

August 19, 2015 Town Hall Meeting - Update on the Southeastern Automotive Manufacturing Technology Acceleration Center (SA-MTAC)

August 5, 2015 - Quarterly Meeting and Kia Plant Tour, LaGrange, Georgia

May 5, 2015 - Annual Golf Tournament, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

March 11, 2015 - OSHA Update (sold out both times) - How Are You Dealing with the Regional Emphasis Program? - Lanett, AL/West Point, GA

February 17, 2015 - Membership Meeting - The Future of Quality - AIAG (first public presentation of AIAG "Current State of Quality" survey results) - LaGrange, GA

May 6, 2014 - First Annual Golf Tournament, Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA


June 2, 2011 - First Membership Meeting ever was held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

The GAMA Board of Advisors toured the Suzuki Manufacturing of America plant in Rome, Georgia.

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