Tucker Summit CID May 2019 Newsletter

The Inaugural Tucker Manufacturing Industry Day a Great Success!

The inaugural Tucker Manufacturing Day, which took place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, attracted more than 50 participants and successfully highlighted the growing manufacturing and biotech companies located in Tucker.

The joint effort between the City of Tucker, Tucker Summit CID and Tucker-Northlake CID kicked off at the Stone Ridge Event Center to educate brokers, developers, government officials and economic development specialists on Tucker’s current economic growth and to encourage developers and businesses to explore new opportunities available in both CIDs.

The event opened with a complimentary breakfast and networking before Tucker’s mayor, Frank Auman, delivered his opening remarks. He introduced a new promotional video produced by the City emphasizing many of the positive statistics found in the 2018 Annual Report. Mayor Auman then served as the moderator for the panel comprised of: Matthew Lee, executive director of Tucker-Northlake CID; Emory Morsberger, president of Tucker Summit CID; Tasha Hill, vice president of operations at Thermo Pac; Stephen Bridges, managing director of JLL Commercial Real Estate; and John McHenry, economic development director of the City of Tucker.

After the panel presentation, attendees boarded buses to tour four facilities within both Tucker Summit CID and Tucker-Northlake CID, including Thermo Pac, Eurofins, Steel Mart and sonnenBatterie.


Spotlight on American Table Seating

Sandra Xing founded two companies that serve the restaurant and event industry. She is owner of Restaurant Equipment Market on Presidential Parkway and in 1991 founded American Tables & Seating (ATS), which was originally located at North Royal. The business grew so quickly that she purchased a building on Stone Ridge for ATS, and now leases a portion of the building to the Stone Ridge Event Center.  ATS was featured on the tour for Tucker Manufacturing Day.

Stone Ridge Event Center’s manager, Laurie Wexel, renovated their space in 2016, and she her husband Daniel redesigned it into the luxurious event rental facility it is today. Xing and Wexel have a great relationship and in fact, Laurie’s daughters, Lydia and Ruth, work for ATS and gave the guided tour throughout the manufacturing plant.

Sandra Xing founded two companies that serve the restaurant and event industry. She is owner of Restaurant Equipment Market on Presidential Parkway and in 1991 founded American Tables & Seating (ATS), which was originally located at North Royal. Xing grew so quickly that she purchased a building on Stone Ridge for ATS, and now leases a portion of the building to the Stone Ridge Event Center.  ATS was featured on the tour for Tucker Manufacturing Day.

Stone Ridge Event Center’s manager, Laurie Wexel, renovated their space in 2016, and she her husband Daniel redesigned it into the luxurious event rental facility it is today. Xing and Wexel have a great relationship and in fact, Laurie’s daughters, Lydia and Ruth, work for ATS and gave the guided tour throughout the manufacturing plant.

Spotlight on Themo Pac

Following the Tucker Manufacturing Day panel, Thermo Pac Vice President of Operations Tasha Hill, led the tour of the Thermo Pac facility.

Thermo Pac is a subsidiary of the food processing company, AmeriQual Group, which specializes in the development, processing, packaging and distribution of shelf-stable foods at a high standard. Thermo Pac’s customers are among the top major branded food companies and food service companies as well as the United States Department of Defense, and provides them with portion control, assembly, packaging and production.

The 120,000-square foot Tucker facility includes an isolated peanut and nut butter area to meet all safety and quality standards and ensure the safety of not only its customers, but also its employees.

Thermo Pac also produces a series of self-heating emergency meals, APack™ Ready Meals, to distribute during times of natural disaster. During the Tucker Manufacturing Day panel, Hill relayed the advantages of having a diverse labor pool available in the district by discussing how their company was able to acquire 200 additional employees in five days to aide in their disaster relief response efforts.


Tucker Summit CID Member Mixer is Rescheduled for May 23

The Tucker Summit CID Member Mixer at Tucker Brewing Company has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 23 and you’re invited! Come out and mix and mingle with your incredible business neighbors! Food and drink coupons will be available for CID members and friends.

The event is graciously sponsored by Southern Care Lawn & Landscape and Tucker Brewing Company. Thank you for all your hard work and support!

To RSVP, please email Jennifer Morsberger at jennifer@tuckersummitcid.com.


State of DeKalb County

The State of the County Community Breakfast benefiting DeKalb County’s Foster Children was held on Saturday, April 27 at the Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur. Emmy-award winning Fox 5 Atlanta anchor, Alyse Eady, was the emcee while DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond presented completed, ongoing and upcoming projects for the County along with his outlook for the future.

Hong Kong Association of Atlanta to
Promote DeKalb Businesses Overseas

The Hong Kong Association of Atlanta (HKAA) will meet with DeKalb County and Chamber of Commerce officials along with local businesses at the Stone Ridge Event Center on Friday, May 10, to discuss investing in initial public offerings in the United States or Hong Kong.

In addition to hosting the annual Chinese New Year Reception and Dragon Boat Festival programs, HKAA also conducts business forums and lunch and learns for companies conducting business involving Hong Kong and China.

The purpose of this meeting is to arrange an overseas trip to Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Taipei and Nanjing for these businesses to showcase DeKalb County for foreign direct investment purposes.

Project Updates

Stone Ridge Event Center Paving

The roads around the DeKalb County water tower (leading up to Stone Ridge Event Center and Food Net Safety Services) got a facelift last month. The joint effort between TSCID and the City of Tucker will allow customers and employees a smoother ride into these businesses and exemplifies how well the CID and the City work together to improve the area.


Smooth Ride Tour – Tucker SPLOST Spring Resurfacing Project

Tucker kicked off the 2019 “Smooth Ride Tour,” which is the City’s spring SPLOST-funded road resurfacing project in early April.


The TSCID roads completed or scheduled for repaving are:

  • Beverage Drive from East Ponce de Leon Avenue to the end of the cul-de-sac
  • Greer Circle from Sarr Parkway to Mountain Industrial Boulevard
  • Idlewood Road from Sarr Parkway to Fellowship Road
  • Rock Mountain Boulevard from East Ponce de Leon Avenue to Lewis Road

For a full list of roads scheduled to be repaired, please visit the City of Tucker’s SPLOST website.


Potential MARTA Bus Stop Amenity Sites in TSCID

MARTA has approved 10 new bus shelters with no advertisements within the CID. Following is a list of potential locations.

  • East Ponce de Leon Avenue at Juliette Road
  • Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Greer Circle
  • North Royal Atlanta Drive at Commerce Place
  • Mountain Industrial Boulevard at East Ponce de Leon Avenue
  • Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Hirsch Drive
  • Tuckerstone Parkway at Mountain Industrial Boulevard
  • Mountain Industrial Boulevard at Hammermill Road
  • Mountain Industrial Boulevard at North Royal Atlanta Drive
  • Hugh Howell Road at Flintstone Drive
  • North Royal Atlanta Drive at Lawrenceville Highway