Beaver Manufacturing has been nominated for the 2017 Georgia Manufacturers of the Year Award.
Beaver Manufacturing has been nominated for the 2017 Georgia Manufacturers of the Year Award.
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Beaver Manufacturing is a proud, ongoing supporter of the Arts Association of Newton County.
The mission of the Community Arts Association in Newton County is to encourage youth and adults in the community to participate in the arts both as audience and as artists and to present world-class artists to all the citizens of this area.
The Arts Association in Newton County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dependent on corporate, foundation, and individual donors to provide quality arts programming and education. Serving Newton County for over 30 years, the organization now serves 8 counties and over 50 schools through its Young Artists Programs and concerts, becoming a regional provider of the arts. Programs and performances featured include The Covington Regional Ballet Company and School, Oxford Singers, Newton County Community Band, Newton County Youth Strings, Creative Kids Camp, Musical Theatre Camp, Luncheon & Summer Evening Concerts on the Square, and True Colours Youth Art Exhibit.
Beaver Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Mansfield, has partnered with Georgia Perimeter College in the purchase of high-tech instructional technology for GPC’s new Newton Campus.
The Newton County-based manufacturer of rubber hose reinforcement yarn presented a $50,000 gift to GPC to help fund instructional classroom technology developed by SMART Technologies Inc. GPC’s new campus, currently under construction and scheduled to open in June, will serve students from Butts, Henry, Jasper, Morgan, Newton, Putnam, Rockdale and Walton counties.
“This region has such a strong manufacturing presence that it is important for the college to continue to develop meaningful partnerships with manufacturers so that we can be sure to meet the demands of such a strong part of the local economy,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony Tricoli.
According to Bill Loeble, chief operating officer at Beaver, the manufacturer has a long history of supporting education at all levels.
“Over the years Beaver Manufacturing Company has given tangible support to pre-K, elementary and high school programs,” Loeble said. “Now the college level has been included.
“The owners have a passion for education that has been infused into the company,” Loeble said. “We see the positive influence GPC will have on our company as well as the community. We believe it is important to embrace our educational neighbor.”
SMART classroom technology allows enhanced interaction between teachers and students through interactive white boards, student hand-held answering devices and other advanced learning electronics. SMART Technologies’ state-of-the-art learning tools also allow faculty to teach in multiple ways, accommodating the thousands of students who will enroll at the Newton Campus.
Founded 35 years ago in an old movie theater and cotton warehouse, Beaver Manufacturing Co. has grown to claim a 65 percent North American market share in rubber hose yarn reinforcement. The company manufactures the specially treated yarn that runs through rubber hoses on vehicles and various machines. Beaver had the grand opening of its third plant, a 40,000 square foot facility in November. The site is a mile and a half from Beaver’s first two plants in Mansfield. The company employs nearly 200 people and has been a financial supporter of Mansfield Elementary School, located two blocks from Beaver’s main plant, for 20 years.
Earlier this month, Covington-based First Nation Bank also made a $50,000 gift to GPC. The two leadership gifts fall into GPC’s campaign to raise $1.5 million to purchase the classroom technology.
“SMART technology will provide students and faculty the most modern teaching, learning and instructional tools available,” Tricoli said. “We asked the community and we were told of the importance of exposing all students to technology. It is our goal to have SMART technology at 100 percent of our learning spaces on the new campus.”
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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 20,000 students through six locations in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.
Edward Needham of Beaver Manufacturing Company, Inc., far left, who donated land for Newton County’s new fire station, is joined by , from left, Commissioner Ronnie Dimsdale, BOC Chairman Aaron Varner, Newborn Mayor J.W. Cummings, Mansfield Mayor William Cocchi, Commissioner Monty Lassiter and Commissioner Mort Ewing at the groundbreaking for the station on Ga. Highway 213. Fire Station No. 6 will serve the towns of Newborn and Mansfield and will be manned by three firemen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. An ambulance services will be added to the station at a later date and construction is set to begin immediately.
Beaver Manufacturing is a “Partner in education” with Mansfield Elementary in Newton County Georgia. Beaver has shown their support in several ways over the years such as PTO support, donating books for the media center, providing news magazines for
each grade level, providing trophies for ceremonial awards, offering savings bonds to students with all “A’s”, purchasing bikes for most improved students, helping to provide additional media and play ground equipment, and participating in reading to the children programs.
From the Newton Citizen
Wade Marbaugh, staff writer
MANSFIELD — Taking a break from the muggy heat on Tuesday, Andy Taylor, owner of ArtScape Lawn & Turf Professionals in Conyers, and his business partner Benny Evans proudly showed off a new nature trail that has sprung up in Mansfield over the past month.
“When we first started the project it was a big one,” Taylor said. “We were clearing trees and pushing out mulch and finding stumps this deep we had to remove.”
“It turned out to be a beautiful job,” Evans said.
“It was a team effort. We all came together on it,” Taylor said, adding, “We love eating at Where There’s Smoke,” a barbecue restaurant in Mansfield.
Team effort, indeed. Alicia Lindsey, a Mansfield Elementary School teacher, envisioned an outdoor classroom where students could learn from nature; Ed Needham Jr. donated the land; Beaver Manufacturing Company contributed funding; Sue Pickens of Decatur designed the trail; ArtScape landscaped it, Overstreet Asphalt & Concrete, a Conyers firm, paved the parking lot; Outback Construction of Loganville built the pavilion, bridge, birdhouses and swing sets — and presto, a classy nature trail was born.
The city of Mansfield will celebrate its new “Nature Trail and Educational Path” with a ribbon cutting on May 22 at 1 p.m.
That’s well ahead of schedule — Mayor Jefferson Riley estimated the trail would be ready in June when he led a groundbreaking ceremony on April 10.
The trail is located a quarter of a mile east of Ga. Highway 11 on Highway 213. It runs between 213 and Mansfield Elementary on 15 acres of land donated to the city for this purpose by Needham.
“The Needham Family has long been dedicated to supporting Mansfield Elementary School and several years ago began an effort to preserve this remarkable tract of undeveloped land,” Riley said.
Mansfield Elementary students will use the nature trail as an outdoor classroom for environmental education. It will also be available for the public to enjoy.
Lindsey, who also serves as chair of the Mansfield Tree Board and recently was recognized by a mayor’s proclamation for her volunteerism, worked closely with Riley, City Council representatives and Mike Dubin, COO of Beaver Manufacturing, to finalize the design of the trail.
Pickens rendered the design, selected trees, cattails and numerous native plants for the landscape, which includes areas where students can sit on tree stumps — to be painted bright colors by Outback, according to owner David Wheeler — for outdoor lessons.
The city applied $75,000 of a lawsuit settlement toward the project, and Beaver Manufacturing donated $31,000.
Under the guidance of Beryl Budd, retired Georgia Forestry Commission chief ranger in Newton County, Riley and the Mansfield Tree Board secured a grant for partial clearing of invasive trees and plants in the wooded portion of the 15 acres.
ArtScape was named general contractor with a low bid of $106,000.
“This is a big deal for Mansfield and I intend to go far beyond what the proposal calls for and make it a showplace,” Taylor said at the groundbreaking.
Taylor, a Social Circle resident, agreed to cut the connecting trail to the elementary school through the woods and build a bridge as his donation to the project.
Riley lauded the City Council for its support of the project.
“The City Council recognizes the importance of preserving this land and the benefits of using it as an outdoor classroom,” he said.
“We turned our shared vision into a reality.”
Residents are encouraged to support trail upkeep, new plantings, and the creation of educational tools such as trail markers, tables, and trail activity kits for teachers, as well as trail activity guides for users of the trail.
For information on how to support the project, call Mansfield City Hall 770-786-1660.
from the Covington News, Nov 22, 2013
Gabriel Khouli, staff writer
(Obituary in the Covington News)
The influence of the late Ed Needham, founder of global yarn conversion and treatment industry Beaver Manufacturing, can be seen all over Mansfield, and now his name will be a common sight as well.
The portion of County Road 213 near Mansfield will be designated the Ed Needham Memorial Road, and Beaver Park, a county park that was created from a land donation made by Beaver Manufacturing, will be renamed Ed Needham-Beaver Park, following votes by the Newton County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
Memorial road signs will be placed at the city limits of Mansfield and Newborn at the request of the Mansfield City Council.
Beaver Manufacturing donated land to the county for both Beaver Park and the area’s fire station. The industry has been very active in the Mansfield area, including helping Mansfield Elementary, and the wider community.
Needham died in early October at the age of 87. When he worked at Bibb Manufacturing Co. in Porterdale, his ideas on how to manufacture higher quality yarn through different chemical treatments were dismissed. So, he and former partner Kenneth King purchased an old cotton warehouse in Mansfield and started Beaver Manufacturing.
The company now produces yarn used in a variety of industrial applications, specializing in hoses—from the garden hose to various automobile hoses to the thick rubber and metal reinforced hoses that support oil rigs hundreds of miles offshore.
Beaver is a global powerhouse, selling to countries around the world, primarily in Europe and Asia.
Needham and his wife, Nonie, were active community volunteers.
By Chris Sweeney
Rubber and Plastics News Staff
MANSFIELD, Ga.- Beaver Manufacturing Co, Inc. has invested $2 million in new equipment for its factory and headquarters in Mansfield.
The plant consists of three facilities encompassing 170,000 square feet, all of which received upgrades.
“We’re growing more on a global basis, so our customer demand is increasing,” said Mike Dubin, Beaver vice president of operations.
“Part of it is upgrading to th e latest technology we can come up with in terms of making our products. In terms of winding we’ve probably increased our capacity by 20 percent,” he said.
Beaver upgraded and expanded its chemical mixing area. Dubin said the company arranged the area to keep up with the ever-growing demand on a global basis. It also invested over a million dollars on a new fully integrated ERP system.
The company also invested in a new generation of multiple end up winding machines that also include automatic doubling, which Dubin believes is unique to the global industry.
Beaver also installed 32 new cone spindles, which brings its total to 54.
“For that kind of winding, there are probably not too many people in the world who have that many spindles,” Dubin said.
The firm also added two-for-one twisting machines that increased Beaver’s capacity by 15 percent.
“We’re moving to fully computerized winders and automatic doubling,” Dubin said. “As far as twisting goes, we’re moving to individually spindle controlled twisters so we can run each position as opposed to having to run the whole side on one item.”
Beaver’s core business is hose yarns for use in the industrial, automotive and energy market segments. Its products are used in a variety of industries, including twin welding, curb pump, garden, lay flat irrigation, LP Gas, washing machine and others.
Beaver also has had a partnership with Cordus GmbH, located in Muehlhausen, Germany, for its European customers since 2011. Cordus warehouses, markets, services and supports Beaver’s European hose customers. Beaver acts as local sales and marketing in North America for Cordus’ dipped single end yarns and cords for hoses, tires and V-belts.
by Bill Loeble- COO
Almost any strategic business conversation today includes China. We hear such things as “China is putting American Manufacturing out of business”, “China owns our debt”, “China is bent on taking over the world, economically if not militarily”, “China can’t be trusted with protection of trade secrets”. On the other hand, are comments like “China offers great opportunities for American business”, “the biggest consumer market in the world is China,” “it is necessary to set up manufacturing in China to be a global player” and on and on —–.
Many of the points on either side have merit. The one thing for sure is that China will indeed be a factor to reckon with in global economics.
Beaver Manufacturing Company is involved with China both as a supplier and a customer. To that end, Mike Dubin and I traveled to China in October.
One objective was to visit the Techtextil Exhibition. This is the Asian counterpart of Techtextil -North America held every even numbered year in Atlanta and the Techtextil – Europe held every odd numbered year in Frankfurt, Germany. It brings together fiber producers, machine manufacturers, converters, and support companies from all over the world under one roof. The Asian version held in Shanghai obviously focuses on Chinese manufacturers but attracts others such as our winder manufacturer and our twister manufacturer.
With our suppliers we went a step further by visiting the manufacturing plants of two major polyester fiber producers.
For the last ten years multiple Chinese polyester fiber producers have taken the strategy of finding a broker in the U.S. and selling containers of fiber – simply volume at very low prices. Now many of them are diversifying into conversion – weaving and / or treating. They are setting up strategic joint ventures or corporate divisions in the U.S. that leads to partnerships with U.S. companies on development of specific products for specific applications. That is where Beaver fits in. We have already begun this strategy of developing application specific yarns.
From the standpoint of selling our products into China there is no doubt we have a tremendous opportunity. We have, however, determined not to manufacture in China due to the very real threat of having our technology compromised. Company held proprietary treatments have been our secret to success here for 42 years and we are not about to put them at risk.
That being said, there still is and will be a market for our unique treatments, albeit smaller than if we were there. We currently have active business in China. Mike and I visited our current customers as well as a visit to a potential new one – the largest hose manufacturer in China and maybe in the world.
China – opportunity or threat? Let’s just say there is enough of each to stay close to China