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Employees at PaR Marine work on a project at the facility in Brunswick. Companies like PaR Marine and others in the manufacturing sector offer benefits of higher wages and benefits, which positively impact other areas of the community.

While it happens primarily behind the scenes, manufacturing is a major economic force in the Golden Isles. It might not generate the $1 billion that tourism does, but it provides a healthy stream of tax dollars.

There are certainly a few of those in town.

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