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Forsyth County welcomes several new companies, jobs


Economic growth continues in area



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From left: Lindsay Killingsworth, Mary Wells, Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and Linda Evanish at the open house for Georgia Plastic Surgery Consultants on Oct. 25. MELISSA MAYTON. (click for larger version)
October 30, 2012
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Several new businesses will be calling Forsyth County their home.

For Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development with the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, the impact to the area will be felt for a long time to come.

"The projects are indicative of the growth of our economy," Toussaint said. "We are starting to see tremendous signs of rebound."

Last year, the chamber was successful in bringing in 16 economic development projects that generated 1,000 new jobs and $43 million in new capital investment.

This year, because of the growth they are seeing, they are poised to surpass last years' numbers.

"Based on the projects that are on the verge of closing, looks like we will surpass last year," Toussaint said. "We've got an average of four new leads coming in per month, and we are closing one out of every four leads."

The 25 percent close rate is "phenomenal," he said.

Toussaint said Russell Landscaping Group will be adding about 50 new jobs to the area at their new Pendley Road facility.

A marketing firm, whose name will be announced in the next few months, is slated to create a little over 100 jobs, Toussaint said.

"They will be doing printing and distribution from their site, so it will be their headquarters," he said.

Archer Subsystems is another company slated to open in the South Forsyth area on Shiloh Road.

Recently, Dr. Christopher Killingsworth opened a plastic surgery practice, Georgia Plastic Surgery Consultants, 1100 Northside Forsyth Drive in Cumming.

On Oct. 25, the plastic surgeon's office held their open house event.

Toussaint said an international chemical company is looking at putting their U.S. headquarters in downtown Cumming.

And the growth has also been good for established companies in the area.

Last week, Fan Creations, a sports and home décor manufacturer, announced that it had expanded into a 21,000-square-foot facility in Cumming.

Fan Creations is a manufacturer and wholesaler of NCAA, NFL and sports gifts and home décor for stores across the nation.

The company began as a small family business in 2004 out of Kevin McClary's garage. McClary, CEO of Fan Creations, grew the business for years while working full-time as a business consultant. The company also produces the "Man Cave" brand, available in stores throughout the nation.

Fan Creations has expanded their operations to a larger location, 2655 Northgate Avenue in Cumming.

"The purchase of a larger warehouse was extremely important in matching our shipping capacity to the growing demand of our entire product line," said McClary.

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