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U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., greets officials from The Marena Group in Lawrenceville during a recent visit to the business. (Special Photo)
A Lawrenceville-based company that produced medical-grade compression apparel recently received a visit from U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall.
Woodall, R-Ga., recently visited the Marena Group, whose apparel covers a wide range of fields, from surgical recovery to athletic performance improvement. The congressman’s office said he highlighted the importance of job-creators and policy-makers working together during his visit to the 24-year old company, which was founded by Vera and Bill Watkins.
“Marena is yet another example of the drive that makes us successful,” Woodall said in a statement. “The Watkins had a dream, and they’ve worked tremendously hard to turn it into an industry-leading reality. When that’s the character of your community, it makes carrying our message to Washington much more effective.
“Local control, business-friendly regulatory climates, and tax relief that spurs growth and investment isn’t just a philosophy, it’s a proven approach with tangible results.”
The Marena Group has received several recognitions over the years, including Georgia’s Small Business Exporter of the Year Award in 2001 and Apparel magazine’s Grand All Star honor in 2006.
Marena Group Chief Operating Office Patricia J. Royak said the company’s representatives talked to Woodall about its products and values. they also discussed Marena’s efforts to stay ahead technologically and maintain its ISO certification and FDA registration.
“Representative Woodall’s visit to our factory came at an exciting time for Marena Group,” Royak said. “His support of local businesses and industry driving growth and jobs in Georgia has inspired us to continue looking for opportunities in our own back yard.
“We appreciate his genuine interest and recognition that our patent pending product and technical designs, some inspired by NASA, would benefit many potential partnerships, such as with local hospitals and VA.”