Business: Showa Glove laying off 80 at Menlo plant. Michael Mathews, longtime Russell airport chief, named to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

Business: Showa Glove laying off 80 at Menlo plant. Michael Mathews, longtime Russell airport chief, named to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.

The Business Layoff and Closure listing, reported to the Georgia Department of Labor, shows 80 employees of Showa Group (Best Glove) of Menlo is laying off 80 people as of Aug. 22. It is the first major layoff reported as part of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

The most recent reports from the Georgia Department of Labor shows 515 Chattooga County residents were unemployed in June, up from 442 in May.

The Showa layoffs comes after this report in June:

Showa Best Glove Inc., Menlo, has been awarded a $37.6 million contract for capacity expansion of nitrile rubber gloves production for Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in care of Defense Assisted Acquisition.  The contract is for the procurement of all needed material in order to stand up four nitrile glove lines capable of producing 66,666,667 gloves per month within 24 months.  Work will be performed in Fayette, Alabama, and is expected to be completed by June 16, 2023.  Fiscal 2021 procurement funds in the amount of $37,583,749 are being obligated at the time of award.  Total cumulative face value (including options) of the contract is $81,284,996.  The Air Force Lifecycle Management Center, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, is the contracting activity. Please click for more.


Michael Mathews named to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame: For 21 years, Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field flourished under Mike Mathews. But he was lured to take over as director of Athens-Ben Epps Airport in Clarke County three years ago this month. His reputation among Georgia’s aviation industry is stellar.

Recently, Gov. Brian Kemp appointed Mathews to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. The announcement cited Mathews’ “wealth of experience in the aviation industry and lifelong interest in aviation. Prior to his appointment as airport director at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport, Mathews worked in flight operations and as a dispatcher for three air carrier operations – Nations Air Express, Air South Airlines, and Prestige Airlines – in Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

“Mathews started learning how to fly at the age of 15 and holds a private pilot certificate with an instrument rating. He graduated from Covenant College with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management, as well as the Sheffield School of Aeronautics as a Federal Aviation Administration Certified Aircraft Dispatcher. He currently serves as an officer on the Board of Directors and treasurer of the Georgia Airports Association. Mathews previously served as president, secretary, and vice president of the association.

He is also a member of the American Association of Airport Executives National and Southeast Chapters.

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