The Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced the winners of the third annual Georgia Automotive Awards and a city in Bartow County was recognized. The awards were designed to recognize automotive leaders throughout the state and to honor them for the contributions they have made to build a robust automotive ecosystem in Georgia. Winners were announced at a breakfast in advance of the Southern Automotive Conference in Atlanta.


Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson said they worked hard to cultivate the nation’s best business environment, and Georgia’s automotive sector continues to remain one of our top industries due to the vast resources and incredible workforce we have to offer.


Nominees in each of the five categories were voted on by representatives from the Georgia Automotive Manufacturing Association, Georgia Tech, Georgia Economic Developers Association, and others. These committee members embody a diverse cross-section of experts with a deep understanding of the automotive industry.


Constellium, located in White, was named the 2018 Innovator of the Year, which is awarded to the company that clearly demonstrates a commitment to excellence and innovation in its approach to solving a problem within the automotive industry.


Constellium’s state-of-the-art plant in White is dedicated to the production of aluminum automotive Crash Management Systems and structural components. Opened in 2017, the plant takes pride in its innovative people, products and processes, delivering solutions that make vehicles lighter, safer and more fuel efficient. The White plant utilizes Constellium’s newest high-strength alloy for structural components, Constellium HSA6™, which was recognized at the 2017 Altair Enlighten Awards as runner-up in the Enabling Technology category for its contribution to vehicle light weighting.