Tucker Summit CID Grows with Three New Members and Property Owners

Tucker Summit CID is excited to welcome three new members to our growing CID – all of which have purchased space previously owned by Ackerman & Co. properties, the largest property owner in the district.
Mequity Companies is a real estate development and investment firm focused on the self-storage industry. Their 2232 Mountain Industrial Boulevard location, branded Cubesmart, is a redeveloped 105,000 square-foot warehouse and distribution structure that has been converted to a state-of-the-art climate controlled self-storage facility. With locations in New York/New Jersey, Washington, D.C. and Miami, Mequity Companies selected this metro Atlanta location due to its high visibility at the intersection of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard.  To contact Mequity Companies, please email Bill Marsh or call 404.303.8700.
Zeugma Import is a home décor showroom featuring the finest handmade and hand finished unique furnishings, including sustainable mirrors and lamps carved from solid reclaimed wood. This is Zeugma’s first showroom in Georgia, located at 4781 Lewis Road in Stone Mountain, with another location in High Point, North Carolina. To contact Zeugma Import, please email info@zeugmaimport.com or call 770.270.2200
Harp’s Tarps, located at 1501 Rock Mountain Boulevard in Stone Mountain, has been manufacturing quality tarps for the trucking and transportation industry for more than 40 years. Harp’s Tarps has both standard tarps for dump trucks to flatbeds and can create custom sizes and ship across the country.  To contact Harp’s Tarps, please call 770.491.8127.

Tucker Manufacturing & Industry Day is Coming April 24!

Want to learn about the benefits of locating a manufacturing facility in Tucker and specifically the Tucker Summit CID?  Well, mark your calendars!  The Tucker Summit CID, Tucker-Northlake CID and the City of Tucker are sponsoring Tucker Manufacturing & Industry Day on Wednesday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will take place at the TSCID’s own Stone Ridge Event Center and will include breakfast with a panel of experts discussing the status of manufacturing and current operations in the City of Tucker. After the panel concludes, attendees will tour state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and operations, including Thermo Pac and Eurofins in our CID and Sonnen and Steel Mart in the Tucker-Northlake CID.  Following the tour, attendees will return to Stone Ridge Event Center to enjoy lunch. Reservations are required, and for more information, please contact Billy Philips, Business Outreach Coordinator, at bphillips@tuckerga.gov.  Details will be available in late February.
Rusty McKellar

Board Member Spotlight: Rusty McKellar

TSCID board member Rusty McKellar is the president of Gwinnett Industries, an owner/lessor/manager of industrial real estate and part of the Pattillo family of businesses. He has been with the Pattillo organization, the developer and builder of a large portion of the CID, since 1989. Gwinnett Industries, a Pattillo Company, owns, leases and manages several CID-based industrial properties.  

Rusty was instrumental in the CID’s creation by serving on an exploratory committee that met with business owners to discuss the concept, obtaining the seed funds from the Pattillo organization, and hiring and working with Emory Morsberger to form the CID in 2011.

With 30 years of experience in the district, Rusty is familiar with the needs of the area and can better evaluate potential solutions, including the need to work with other owners to enhance property values. Having been involved with the CID since its founding, Rusty has seen the organization more than double its membership and grow its budget to successfully complete even more district projects.

Rusty’s primary concerns for 2019 are continuing to improve the infrastructure within the CID, keeping the area secure and the district vital. To that end, the CID has commissioned a transportation study to better connect the area’s industrial parks to the interstates. Other projects include widening roads and improving intersections at high traffic interchanges. His time and commitment to the TSCID have been invaluable.

Rusty is married with three children and has also served on Friends of Disabled Adults and Children’s (FODAC) board since 2010.  In 2011, he chaired FODAC's capital campaign which successfully raised more than $1.6 million to renovate its facilities.

Member Spotlight: Stone Ridge Event Center

Stone Ridge Event Center is a TSCID hidden gem. The more than 20,000 square-foot indoor event facility is uniquely suited to host corporate events and trainings, weddings, banquets, fundraisers and more.

The event facility prides itself on accessibility from anywhere in the metro Atlanta area with its location less than two miles from the I-285/Hwy. 78 Interchange and near hotels, restaurants and retail stores. 
While nestled within an industrial park, once guests step through the mahogany French doors, they immediately see the exquisite setting and experience the wow factor the facility gives to every event – from its elevated stage and massive LED screen to stunning outdoor features that include a gazebo, waterfall, vineyard and relaxing patio areas. With the latest in audio/video technology, it’s a perfect setting for corporate events or a fundraising gala.  The venue, which includes ample complimentary parking, is available for hourly, day and weekend rental from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and corporate event packages and catering are also available.

Please visit the www.stoneridgevents.com for more information.


Pictured left to right is: Major Greg Padrick, Detective Eddie Perkins, Rebekah Coblentz and Emory Morsberger.

Tucker Summit CID Honors Police Officer of the Year

TSCID President Emory Morsberger, along with board vice chairman and NAI Brannen Goddard’s senior property manager Rebekah Coblentz, proudly honored Detective Eddie Perkins as Tucker Summit CID’s Officer of the Year at the Tucker Police Department’s holiday luncheon on December 19, 2018.

Last fall, Detective Perkins investigated a series of vehicle break-ins that occurred at the Macy’s Distribution Center on Sarr Parkway within the district.

Due to his tireless efforts and cooperation with the FBI and other agencies, Detective Perkins apprehended a number of individuals involved in crimes in the district and surrounding metro areas. They were all charged under the Georgia Criminal Street Gang Act and are currently in custody awaiting trial.

Thank you, Detective Perkins!

FODAC Featured on WABE-FM's Closer Look with Rose Scott

To start the new year off right, TSCID member Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) was featured on WABE-FM’s afternoon radio show, Closer Look with Rose Scott.

The show theme focused on people who had turned their passion to help others into a career or a nonprofit organization. WABE producer Emilia Brock toured FODAC’s facility with President and CEO Chris Brand.  

You can hear the segment by going to the 44:58 mark in the show here.
FODAC employee Rufus Fields repairs and refurbishes wheelchairs in the workshop. Photo by WABE's Emilia Brock.
FODAC's warehouse facility where intake equipment, as well as clean and sort donations, are stored. Photo by WABE's Emilia Brock.
The Founder's Room, where children are brought to pick out toys. Photo by WABE's Emilia Brock.

Tucker FRC Team Reboot Robotics Team

“Destination: Deep Space” is this year’s theme for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Tucker Summit CID member Shaheen & Company proudly donates 2,400 square feet of space to the City of Tucker’s hometown robotics team, Reboot, which uses the space to design its competition bots.

Board member Dave Westcott, president of Pierre Construction, also got involved and helped install shelving in the shop area while other CID members have donated funds, tools and supplies.  The team only has six weeks to design, build, program and test their robots in preparation for upcoming competitions at the Dalton Convention Center, March 7-9 and Denmark High School, March 29-31. The Georgia FIRST state event will be held at the LakePoint Champions Center, April 3-6 and the FIRST Robotics World event will be in Houston, Texas, April 17-20.

Founded in 2012, the team is comprised of both home-schooled and other high school students from the area.  To watch a video promotion of this year’s theme and overview of the game, click here.

For more information on how to join Team Reboot, or how your company can help to support the team, please contact Deneise Turner at dturner81029@att.net

Clint Eastwood's The Mule Produces Millions in Economic Impact for Georgia

Clint Eastwood’s latest film, The Mule, which raked in $17.2 million during its opening weekend in mid-December, filmed on location in the Tucker Summit CID and throughout metro Atlanta last summer. More importantly, the film generated $9.7 million in economic impact to Georgia. The Mule employed a local crew of more than 1,500 people who earned more than $3.9 million in wages and generated more than $2.2 million in revenue for in-state businesses in the lodging, equipment rental, catering and transportation industries.

Read more about the film’s economic impact in this All in Georgia article.

District Project Updates

2018 Recap

  • The monumental task of paving Mountain Industrial Boulevard was nearly completed in early December, despite delays from rain and cold conditions

  • Curb appeal and landscaping improvements continued throughout the year, and the district is considered to have some of the best landscaping in metro Atlanta

  • Through rebranding and recruitment efforts, TSCID continues to attract high quality businesses

Upcoming in 2019
  • Following the harshest days of winter, the TSCID will begin paving on Rock Mountain Boulevard, slated to begin in March

To have your business or event included in our next CID newsletter, please contact Emory Morsberger at 770-409-8100 or email emory@tuckersummitcid.com.