Toccoa, GA - Crown Resources is proud to announce the achievement of the Certificate of Compliance dated December 14, 2012 for the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP). This compliance will allow Crown Resources to better serve NTPEP Projects throughout the United States of America.
The National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) is a program under the sponsorship of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The NTPEP Evaluation Program for facilities producing geotextiles provides a comprehensive review of the production and testing of the quality management system. The evaluation starts with a desktop review of the facility's quality manual and concludes with an on-site review of the facility's processes and their quality management system documentation.
Crown Resources is a manufacturer of Geotextiles, and utilizes its production facility in Toccoa, GA to supply geotextiles for civil engineering applications throughout North America. For more information on Crown Resources or their NTPEP compliance, please call 864-968-0592, or visit www.crownresources.net
Stephens County Development Diary
All the latest news about development activity in Stephens County, Georgia. Hosted by the Stephens County Development Authority
The Stephens County Industrial Development Authority has been instrumental in securing commitments for two new industries to locate in our community.
The first is a Michigan-based wood components manufacturing company, as yet unidentified, that will locate in Meadowbrook Industrial Park in the Eastanollee area.
The company is expected to create 12 new jobs when it begins operations by November.
Also announced this week was the news that Crown Resources, a maker of drainage, filtration, asphalt overlay and erosion sedimentation control applications, will move its Greer, S.C., operations to the Rooker spec building in the Hayestone Brady Park.
The building is located adjacent to Highway 17 and bulldozers and other equipment could be seen working at the site the last two weeks.
Crown will bring with it 20 jobs.
That's a total of 32 new jobs for Toccoa-Stephens County, not a lot by high economic development standards – the 32 won't even replace the 100 or so jobs lost earlier this year when an industrial plant closed its Toccoa operations – but it is a start.
In these difficult economic times, when competition for new industry is beyond fierce, it should make the community feel better that some headway is being made in the creation of jobs for Toccoa-Stephens County.
To put it bluntly, 32 jobs is better than zero jobs created.
Also on a positive note on the economic development front, was the news last week that the development authority, because of less than expected contractual costs, will expand its work plan in the Hayestone-Brady industrial park.
The authority is utilizing proceeds from a special purpose local options sales tax (SPLOST) to build the park. That means infrastructure improvements such as roads, water, sewer, gas and electricity.
A recent visit to the park construction site showed considerable activity as roads are being cut and some sites leveled and prepared for potential new industrial prospects.
When completed, Hayestone-Brady will certainly be the centerpiece of Toccoa-Stephens County's industrial recruitment program.
With the completion of the park – and the much-awaited construction of a four-lane Highway 17 – Toccoa-Stephens County will take a back seat to no other community when it comes to showcasing building sites for potential industrial residents.
Our economy will not turn around from 10 percent unemployment to full employment overnight because of these two new industries and the ongoing construction of the new industrial park.
However, there is cause for optimism that with the advances of recent days we are headed to a much brighter future filled with jobs, an increased tax base and heftier payrolls supporting local consumer spending.
Local Officials Excited Over Crown Resources Announcement
Meanwhile, local officials are excited over the news regarding Crown Resources.
Stephens County Development Authority Executive Director Tim Martin said this is a very positive development for both Hayestone-Brady Business Park and the county.
“We welcome Crown Resources to the community,” said Martin. “We have been impressed with this company’s track record of success. We believe it complements our existing manufacturing base and brings new technology and a strong future to our area.”
Meanwhile, Stephens County Commission Chairman Dean Scarborough said a strong team effort is to credit for Crown’s announcement.
“Crown Resources has chosen Stephens County and Toccoa for their expansion and we look forward to making them feel welcome,” he said. “The work in infrastructure development and the commitment of the Rooker Company to place a spec building at Hayestone-Brady has made this possible. Diligence by our Development Authority, its volunteers, and the citizens of Stephens County have helped make this a reality.”
Toccoa Mayor Bob Troup echoed those thoughts.
“Manufacturing has always been one of our strong suits,” said Troup. “Monte Thomas and his team will provide another key component to our economic viability.”
This is the second economic development announcement in a matter of weeks for Stephens County.
Just last week, the Development Authority announced that it had put forth a lease agreement to a yet-to-be-unnamed Michigan company for a building in the Meadowbrook Industrial Park.
Crown Resources Moving To Toccoa
A South Carolina geotextiles manufacturer is relocating to Stephens County.
Crown Resources of Greer has announced in a press release that it will make its new home in the Rooker spec building at the Hayestone-Brady Business Park on Highway 17 between Toccoa and Martin.
Company CEO Monte Thomas said Crown Resources is excited to move to the Toccoa area.
“Being up in the northeast Georgia area, I thought was a prime area and specifically we looked at the Coats and Clark building and the Rooker building and the Stephens County Development Authority and we felt like this was an opportunity for us,” he said.
Crown Resources serves mainly the construction and road building industries with its product.
According to Thomas, it is a growing niche market in the United States.
“We manufacture a non-woven process,” said Thomas. “It is the needling of fibers together. It is used as a value added to the construction industry if you are trying to save on the thickness of gravel, for example.”
Currently, Rooker crews are readying the building for a November 1 occupancy and production is expected to start on February 1, 2011.
After the first of the year, Crown Resources will announce its hiring needs and processes. At start-up, the company will employ 20 people.