On May 19, 2011, Dalton, Georgia hosted the 2011 Manufacturing Summit at the Northwest Georgia Trade & Convention Center. The Summit featured such high profile speakers as T. Boone Pickens; Steve Moore of the Wall Street Journal; Georgia Congressman Tom Graves; Tom Fanning, the CEO of Southern Company; and Dr. Bud Peterson, President of Georgia Tech University discussing the growth of manufacturing in the United States – and all the challenges associated with that growth – and manufacturing’s importance to the national economy.
The cost of utility service is driven by issues outside and beyond the control of your local utility. When the economic downturn began in 2007, many companies began decreasing operating budgets and manpower to offset revenue loss. When this occurred, Dalton Utilities, while experiencing the same loss in revenues, already had a very lean budget and staff to operate its SIX business sectors.