A couple of Saturdays ago on the 16th, on the lawn of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia the night sky was full of inspiration, the giving spirit and a whole lot of excellent music at the 16th annual John Jarrard Foundation Benefit Concert and Auction. We were so blessed to again attend and contribute to such a giving wonderful event.

Established in 2000, originally the Bruce Burch & Friends Honor John Jarrard Concert was named in memory of Georgia Music Hall of Fame member Jarrard, who wrote hit songs for performers such as Don Williams, Alabama, George Strait and Tracy Lawrence. He battled diabetes before his death in 2001.

Since it’s inception, the John Jarrard Foundation has grown from an annual concert to a regionally recognized nonprofit organization supporting songwriters and a number of causes, raising more than $1.5 million to support the Good News ClinicsBoys & Girls Clubs of Lanier,The Georgia Mountain Food BankSisu and Good News at Noon shelter.

You can imagine our excitement as August 21 2017 finally came around. A once in a life chance to view a solar eclipse, right out our front doors, sign me up. Greg Ours our fearless leader couldn’t just miss out on this event, rather he embraced the chance to bring everyone together to watch it in style.
It was nice to just sit back, relax, and eat burgers while watching the event with all the poly coworkers. As 99% totality struck many pictures to record the moment in history were taken. I snapped away trying my best to achieve that one dream photo of the event, with just a sliver of the sun peeking out. Here are a few images we feel show just how cool the whole moment was. I would also like to add luckily no one suffered from any post eclipse eye damage!

Branding our products with logos and making them pop is always a challenge especially since some brands do not give us much creative license on how we present the logo itself. While some brands allow us to show their logo in different ways other brands rigidly control the lock up and / or dimensions making it hard for us to make the logo stand out among the rest.
One way to draw peoples eye to the mat is to create custom backgrounds that frame the logo in an interesting and artistic way. We have personally designed special backgrounds for Zoo York and Thorogood shoes. Other brands have allowed us to place bottles, turtle shapes, ocean fish and more around and through their logo to give the mat added flair. Setting the logo this way turns a normal “run of the mill” floor or bar mat into something unique, interesting all the while giving them the cool factor.
Now it is a good time to remind you that everything we create is custom molded. On floor mats the task of customizing a background is easier than on a smaller mat. Larger details also make producing the mat easier.  On bar rail mats where the custom detail can get much smaller there are special considerations that need to be made to custom mold the smaller detail. Every mat comes from a negative metal mold so special details and how we tool the mold, and mold the part has to be considered. The design feature can be small but not too small to inhibit our specially formulated materials to flow into the mold in the proper way.
Some designs require slightly rounded top details. Other designs may have to be more shallow and cut on a raised pad. Some have stacked details or special embossed areas to highlight even smaller details. It is the attention to design and our knowledge on how to mold these custom molded products that help to create the best mats in the marketplace. Once we stared offering custom backgrounds there was no turning back. On average the amount of mats we produce with custom backgrounds is probably only 15% but at certain times it may reach 39% or more. One thing is for sure, the demand will only rise.

This past Friday we had our first Poly Family Fun Day! Everyone at Poly was invited to bring their family to have a bit of fun and food. We had bounce houses and face painting for the little ones. Our warehouse managers and machinist volunteered themselves for the dunk tank and everyone had a blast trying to dunk them! Greg and Brenda had a giant grill going with hotdogs and hamburgers, and everything was topped off with a snow cone truck.

Everyone was invited to take a tour of the facility and learn what their loved ones do for the Poly Family. This was a time for family to get together and enjoy the day before a nice relaxing weekend. We are honored to have such amazing people in our Poly Family and appreciate each and every one. We thank everyone for their hard work and dedication.

During the month of May, Poly Enterprises was proud to be raising our goal of $3,000 for all the families in need. Each dollar donated to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank meant one person would have a meal. One dollar equals one meal.

Thanks to the amazing people who participated and helped donate, we here at Poly Enterprises were able to surpass our goal by 124.42% at the end with our total of $3,732.50 donated to the Georgia Mountain Food Bank.

The Georgia Mountain Food Bank is committed to helping the community and feedling people in need. They have a large facility dedicated to the storage, sorting and distribution of all the donations of foods that come in through their doors.

Poly Enterprises is proud to be such an ACTIVE member of this effort. If you have time, check out Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s website at http://www.gamountainfoodbank.org/