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It’s always fun to spend the day touring Toccoa-Stephens County, but last week I had the privilege to be included on this month's Stephens County Development Authority (SCDA) Industry Tour lead by Tim Martin (Executive Director for the SCDA), Tammy Caudell (Georgia Department of Economic Development), Danette Smith (Georgia Department of Labor), and Dennis Bell (SCDA board member and County Commission Chairman). We met with Trachte, Team Metal Finishing, Toccoa Machine Products, Cotton Conversions, Robertson Furniture, and Morgan Concrete. Here are a few things that I learned.

Did you know...
that right here in Toccoa…Trachte…(pronounced Trock-tee) is a company that designs, manufactures, and erects a full line of durable, pre-engineered and customized steel self-storage systems and is one of the largest manufacturers of steel self-storage systems in the industry. They got to Toccoa by deciding to open a satellite office to better serve their customer, Patterson Pump Company (which is one of the world's leading suppliers of quality pumps for the Fire, Municipal, Industrial, Flood Control, Plumbing, and HVAC Markets). Growth breeds more growth!

Did you know…
that Team Metal Finishing (TMF) is one of the largest and most respected metal finishers in the Southeast? TMF is a World Class metal finishing operation. Their quality and customer service are unmatched within the industry. Combined with competitive pricing, flexible turnaround, and over 150 years of combined experience! They provide services for Porsche parts too, from right here in Toccoa!

Did you know…
locally owned and operated, Toccoa Machine Products has been in business for over forty years providing quality fabrication, CNC work, welding, and machine work for manufactures and textile companies throughout the region. 

Did you know…
that when you buy online from Amazon.com or purchase a computer from Apple, Inc. that it very well may arrive packaged with materials produced from right here in Toccoa from Cotton Conversions?

Did you know…
Robertson Furniture began in 1946, when George Robertson rented an old cotton warehouse and started making restaurant booths? It was a small operation, serving a local market, but what his company lacked in size, George made up with quality and service. Over the years, Robertson has grown from that small local company into an industry leader providing furnishing from the small coffee shops to popular national chain restaurants to the featured restaurant in an international hotel. So take note the next time you’re eating out at one of your favorite restaurants, you may be enjoying furnishings produced from right here in Toccoa.

Did you know…
The “Family Grown, American Owned” difference is what Morgan Concrete Company was founded on? Since 1975 as a family owned and operated ready-mix company.  They have grown from two employees, including founder Ferrell Morgan, running one batch plant and one mixer truck to now over one hundred fifty employees, nine batch plants, over one hundred mixer trucks, and a fleet of cement tankers and dump trucks, to insure the quality and service levels we have built our reputation around.

We also had the privilege to have lunch at North Georgia Technical College and see the new expansion in the Industrial Systems Technology Department and tour the Culinary Arts Kitchen, not to mention enjoying their awesome lunch! What a terrific resource and asset North Georgia Tech is to our community and to this region!

It was a fun-filled and extremely interesting day to see behind-the-scenes of local industry. We also managed to squeeze in a visit to the NIFCO-KTW plant. Such an impressive facility and HUGE! One hundred fifty-five thousand square feet with room to grow!

As we know, new business brings new business. Toccoa-Stephens County…Here we GROW!