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AMERICUS (Feb. 28, 2017) – TCI Powder Coatings, with locations in Ellaville and Americus, has partnered with Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) to offer an annual scholarship through the GSW Foundation and to offer internship opportunities to GSW students.

Sandra Fowler, GSW director of Career Services met with Jerry Cook, vice president and CFO of TCI Powder Coatings and invited him and the TCI team to Georgia Southwestern when he expressed an interest in becoming more involved with GSW. 

After exploring their options for ongoing involvement, Cook and the TCI team decided they would employ interns from the Chemistry Department and provide an annual scholarship to two chemistry majors through the GSW Foundation.

“This internship is a great opportunity for our chemistry students to explore a field in their major which could lead to a local job opportunity as well,” said Elizabeth Gurnack, Ph.D., Chemistry Department chair.

“Awarding scholarships are a great way to become more familiar with GSW students while encouraging and supporting their education at the same time,” said Reda Rowell, GSW Foundation executive director. “The GSW Foundation is grateful to TCI for supporting GSW in this meaningful way.”

Recently, GSW Interim President Charles Patterson, Rowell, Gurnack, Nedialka Iordanova, Ph.D, and several GSW chemistry students were treated to a tour of TCI’s new facilities in Americus. The tour was led by GSW alumnus and TCI employee Clint Hardy.

“The University's partnerships with local business and industry enhance the educational experiences of our students and serve to support workforce development needs in the region and throughout the state,” said Patterson.

 

ABOUT TCI Powder Coatings

Founded in Ellaville, Ga. Over 25 years ago, TCI is a premier powder coating supplier with several hundred employees. Since 1996, TCI has been a subsidiary of RPM Inc. RPM is an international holding company with a diverse portfolio that includes more than 800 distinct brands used in a wide variety of markets. TCI bonds many of their products onsite where they have both large batch and small batch production facilities. In conjunction with their operations in Georgia, TCI added a manufacturing facility in Canada and has completed an expansion of their Technology Center in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

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Caption: Representatives from Georgia Southwestern toured TCI Powder Coatings' Americus facility. 

- GSW- 

 

 

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