"State of Stephens"
A quarterly update on economic development in Toccoa-Stephens Co., Georgia

Brought to you by the Stephens County Development Authority.

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Summer 2012

Contact SCDA
Email: info@scda.biz
Toll free: 
(866) 952-SCDA(7232)


Cam Parker

Vice Chairman

Dean Scarborough


Tim Ash


Lee Ellen Fields

Assistant Secretary

David Austin

Executive Director

Tim Martin

Legal Counsel

Janney Sanders


SCDA Mission Statement:

“To encourage and support the expansion and development of industrial and commercial facilities in Stephens County, Georgia so as to promote employment.”


Featured Property:

Ferro Building

• ±112,800 sq. ft. industrial facility for sale
• 36.00 acre site
• 32’ ceiling height
• 40+ parking spaces and 3 Drive-in doors
• Gated and fenced for security

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Upcoming Events:


Board Meetings:
July 10
August 14
September 11

Notable Happenings:

The Toccoa Main Street Invites Citizens to the Ida Cox Music Series!
Celebrate the sounds of Toccoa at the Ida Cox Music Series in Historic Downtown every Saturday night this summer!  From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Saturday in June and July, a new genre of music will be featured. Local and regional bands will play along Doyle Street, while downtown restaurants and bakeries extend hours. Boxed meals will also be available for those who want to eat under the open sky!  Attendees are invited to bring chairs, family and friends. The event is FREE to the public, so come and enjoy local music!  For more information, visit the Ida Cox Music series webpage or the facebook page to view an updated calendar listing of bands that will be playing. We’ll see you there!

 Work on Main Street Continues

Work on the frontage of the SCDA office continues!  Come by and see what Chris Irvin and his team have uncovered under the layers of years.  Delicate carvings around the windows accent the window and show the true beauty of the building built in an earlier era!

Unemployment Down

According to statistics released Thursday by the Georgia Department of Labor, Stephens County’s preliminary unemployment rate for May was 9.1 percent. That marks a eight-tenths of a percent decline from last Mays 2011 revised rate of 9.9 percent. In general, 2012 Has had a steady drop in Unemployment that shows improvements over 2011 data. 


North Georgia Technical College’s Currahee Campus and the Georgia Mountain Manufacturing Grant Hosts Summer Trainings 
Several training siminars have been scheduled throughout the months of June and July.  They are taking place at the NGTC Currahee Campus and funded by the Georgia Mountian Manufacturing Georgia  Work Ready Grant.  Classes include Maintenance, Leadership, Six Sigma, and other topics.  Contact NGTC at 706-779-8100 for more information.

Main Street Has New Website Main Street Toccoa has a new website.Main Street staff said the new site is designed to present a more modern look with interactive features, but the address remains the same.Main Street staff worked with Currahee Graphics on this project and look forward to increased web traffic!

Did you know?

Toccoa-Stephens County is home to 70+ manufacturers and companies that support manufacturing.  Check out our industries

SCDA is a member of the 
Franklin, Hart & Stephens Joint Development Authority


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The six county effort to bring broadband into our area is going Strong!  Two outstanding companies responded to the RFP and have been meticulously studied. They have very close scores and the Broadband evaluation team made a very difficult decision between the extremely capable companies.  They have sent their choice to the Department of Community Affairs in Atlanta and await their response (DCA’s documentation review standard is 10 business days).  With local industries and interested parties already asking when they will be able to utilize the anticipated broadband network, SCDA and the Joint Development Authorities of Franklin, Hart, and Stephens Counties hope to make an announcement in the near future about their chosen partner and their shared strategy for new capacity for broadband connectivity in our area!                  



On Friday May 11, 2012, Standard Register celebrated the 100th year of business.  Standard Register was founded in Dayton Ohio where its headquarters still reside.  Brothers John & William Sherman established Standard Register by inventing a device that set the “standard” in business transactions.  This pinfeed autographic register allowed documents to feed more effectively through the equipment by a hand-crank using a wooden cylinder with sprocket wheels at either end corresponding to holes punched in the margins of a continuous roll of paper. The company has since expanded throughout the U.S. and in northern Mexico including the Toccoa plant. Our Toccoa plant, located off Hwy 145 on Industrial Blvd.,began production in 1973.  Later the manufacturing sector of the Toccoa plant closed making room to expand and becomethe largest Customer Service center in the company.  There are 165 dedicated employees working in the Toccoa facility today serving Standard Register’s customers in the commercial, financial and healthcare markets. Over the years Standard Register has built a reputation for innovations in business and communications needs and continues to an exemplary company in today’s competitive market.  Stephens County Development Authority congratulates Standard Register and thanks them for their continued faith in the Toccoa area. 


On April 3, 2012 TrachteSoutheast, LLC, shipped its 400th equipment shelter from the Eastanollee, Georgia facility. Having recently celebrated the 5th year of operations in Georgia, the product milestone is an amazing accomplishment. Trachtehosted a luncheon in honor of the 400thunit shipped from this location and was delighted that this shelter was being shipped to its loyal client and strong corporate citizen right here in Stephens County, Patterson Pump!


Leon Osborne was on hand to receive the award for Industry of the year for his company Osborne Wood Products from the Stephens County Chamber of commerce at the Chamber’s annual banquet that was held Tuesday, May 12, at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center.  Stephens County Development Authority congratulates Leon and the entire company and wishes them continued success!


Above is a snapshot of Robert Knighton teaching a Communication Skills for leadership Class at NGTC sponsored by the Georgia Mountain Manufacturing Work Ready Grant. 
Roughly eighteen months have gone busily by as Gerald Turner and his teams have worked diligently with the Georgia Mountain Manufacturing Work Ready Grant.  The funds were granted to increase high school graduation rates, network development for local industries, strengthen career pathways, improve working habits and eliminate the skills gap.  Six counties benefited from the grant of $350,000, they are Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hart, Stephens, and White.  Each county was able to benefit from trainings, GED testing, computer equipment for training workshops and assessments, and numerous other accomplishments.  Four of these counties gained training centers complete with computers and equipment to continue assessments and training for those counties.  Several Training seminars have been sponsored by the grant and taken place at North Georgia Technical College-Currahee Campus along with a few more that will take place this July.  On July 21, 2012 the grant will come to a close.  Gerald and his team have carefully utilized the amount granted and there total will come to the $350,000 allotted for these six counties.  For more information on July’s trainings contact NGTC at 706-779-8100


Each year from July 1 to June 30 a new Chairman is appointed to service on the Toccoa-Stephens County Chamber of Commerce.  As such that Chairman joins our Stephens County Development Authority Board as Secretary.  This past year we were fortunate enough to have Barry Roberts as our Secretary.  The Stephens County Development Authority extends our gratitude to Barry for his service throughout the year and wishes him continued success in the years to come.  In turn we would like to welcome the new Chairman of the T-SC Chamber of Commerce, Lee Ellen Fields, to our Board and look forward to working with her in the next year! 

Stephens County Development Authority Existing Industries’ Spotlights
As SCDA proceeds with ongoing efforts to bring business and industries into Toccoa/Stephens County, we would like to spotlight two of our existing industries: Applegate Insulation and Lanier Clothing.

Applegate Insulation started as a heating and cooling equipment contractor in 1952. The small company became Applegate Insulation Manufacturing in 1978, delivering cellulose insulation to homeowners, insulation professionals, builders and architects worldwide.  Applegate uses a Cellulose Insulation as one of their insulations, which meets and often exceeds tough fire standards providing increased safety and peace of mind. This insulation has a higher density R-value and a superior application method than other insulations. Applegate Insulation provides great energy savings and significantly decreases air infiltration. Above all, this insulation is made of up to 85% American recycled materials making it one of the greenest insulation. Their headquarters are located in Webberville, Michigan. Applegate has seven plants located in Michigan and others in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Kentucky, and Eastanollee, Georgia. The company invested $4 million to the Stephens County facility located in the Meadowbrook Industrial Park.  SCDA would like to thank Applegate for their facility that currently employs fifteen workers. They have expansion plans.  They are considering a new product line; our hope is that Applegate will have the opportunity to become more successful in Toccoa/Stephens County.
For more information, visit www.applegateinsulation.com.

Lanier Clothes is a privately owned company and a leader in supply chain collaboration. The parent company is Oxford Industries Inc, founded in 1942 and with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Toccoa plant is a Distribution Center with an area of 23.2 acres, including two buildings, with sizes of 114,435 and 98,826 square feet. Although Lanier Clothing had reservations about locating to Toccoa from Tupelo, Mississippi, they did so with no regrets. They were well received by the community, as by the employees. The Toccoa Plant Manager, Burt Holmes, is particularly enthusiastic about a new concept in distribution, known as Third Party Logistics. This involves an independent broker who warehouses imported goods for various retailers and then delivers exact quantities “just in time”. Just in time deliveries are becoming preferred by companies to help reduce unused stored products by basically ordering as needed by the consumer.  SCDA appreciates Lanier Clothing and commends the industry for maintaining a staff of 70 people. We hope for continued success at their Distribution Center located on Old Liberty Hill Road in Toccoa, Georgia.  For more information visit http://www.lanierclothes.com/.

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