Industry Spotlight: Nifco KTW

Company: Nifco KTW
Located in Stephens County: 2015
Address: 325 Hammerstone Drive, Toccoa, Georgia
Company Website:

Nifco KTW has been the source of a considerable buzz around Toccoa-Stephens County for the past year, and for good reason. The company announced their intent to locate their American headquarters here in 2015 which would include creating 200 jobs and investing $27 million within the first 5 years. But before 2015, the two companies had very different backgrounds.

Nifco KTW is made up of two separate entities – Nifco of Japan and KTW of Germany. Nifco is originally based out of Tokyo, Japan and was founded in 1967. Since then, they have expanded into 17 countries including 7 locations here in the U.S.,  the first of which opened in 1987. While there were already 7 Nifco factories located in America, Stephens County is home to the first Nifco KTW.

KTW was founded in 1997 in Weißenburg Bayern, Germany, where they focused on interior and exterior plastic components and employ over 570 people.

Thinking Beyond County Lines

Every year, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs hosts the Georgia Academy for Economic Development for each region in Georgia. It is estimated that over 7,000 professionals have graduated from the program since its founding in 1993. This program is unique in that it does not only caters to professional economic developers, rather it welcomes all citizens who want to learn about economic development and foster growth in their communities.

This year we sent our newest Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth Jones, to the Academy to connect with our regional leaders and hopefully learn a thing or two. Today she is going to share some things she learned in the first class.

Hayestone Brady Business Park: 1997 v. 2017

A great deal can happen in 20 years.

20 years ago the movie Titanic had just premiered, Dolly the sheep was cloned, OJ Simpson was put on trial, and Harry Potter was still unpublished.

In 1997, 425 acres of Stephens County farm land were purchased by the Stephens County Development Authority located between Toccoa and Lavonia on Hwy 17 (now Old Hwy 17). Those acres would later become the county's 4th industrial park; the Hayestone Brady Business Park.

City of Toccoa's 2016 Water Quality Report

Clean drinking water is one of the most vital factors in city's ecosystem. The United States has one of the cleanest and most reliable source of drinking water across the globe. In 1974, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) to protect public health, including by regulating public water systems.  This act requires the EPA to establish and enforce standards  that public drinking water systems must comply with. You can read about the regulations on the EPA's website where they cover things such as microorgansms, disinfectants, and inorganic chemicals. About 90% of people in the U.S. rely on water from regulated systems, the other 10% use private wells which are not regulated under the SDWA.  People who use private wells need to take precautions to ensure their drinking water is safe. Learn more about private wells on the EPA website.

The City of Toccoa's Water Department provides water to over 10,000 customers and serves in excess 40,000 people. They also export water to two cities, one in Stephens County and one in Habersham County, as well as two adjacent counties, Franklin County and Banks Countyernate approximately 2.5 miles north of the city, which is supplemented by pumping water from Davidson Creek and Lake Yonah.

The City of Toccoa recently released their 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report. But why should you care? How does this report impact you and your household?

Ritenour Recieves Saftey and Instructor Certification for Global Tank and Tower

Local company Global Tank and Tower, LLC has been in Toccoa a little over a year now and they are already having an impact on our local economy and workforce.  Last week they shared with us that through working with the Stephens County Development Authority and the Georgia Mountains Workforce Development office, they were able to help employee, Tim Ritenour, receive certification for Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue and In-House Instructor/Trainer. 

Dan Thornton, Adult-DW Case Manager with the Georgia Mountains Workforce Development office said, “The Georgia Mountains Workforce Development office was excited to be able to assist Global Tank and Tower and Tim Ritenour in achieving this Certification for "Tower Climbing Safety and Rescue" and for "In-House Instructor/Trainer".  Workforce Development was able to reimburse a large portion of the tuition cost for this certification training through the Incumbent Worker Training program grant. 

Sark Wire is Shipping from Toccoa-Stephens County

Sark Wire announced they had shipped their first local manufactured product from their Toccoa Plant earlier this week.

According to a new promotional video, their new Toccoa Plant gives them a presence in the Southeastern United States that allows them to ship anywhere in the United States in 24 hours.  To learn more about Toccoa's newest up and running industry please watch this video. 

ASI Southeast is Making Progress on Their Expansion

The ASI Southeast, formally known as Gem Industries, expansion announced earlier this year has begun to take shape despite the weather.  Over 91,000 cubic yards of dirt have been moved along with a fair amount of rock.  The 112,000 square foot building constructed and designed by the J. Davis team started earlier this year and has current plans to be completed before March 2016.  Joel Davis, president of J. Davis Construction, a full service GA Licensed General Contractor says “We love working for ASI Southeast and in North Georgia.  They are perfect customers.  The entire process from starting the design through working with all of the governing agencies has been a great experience.  We were honored to have been selected for this project and look forward to further opportunities to serve the area.”