R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company

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Founded in 1854 in Coweta County, Georgia, the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company quickly became one of the most influential businesses of its time. R.D. Cole started the company in a little woodshop to make sashes and doors. The company expanded and became an instrumental player in the manufacturing sector, building sawmills, cornmills, and engines as well as constructing several high-profile buildings and homes. By the 1890s, the organization was the second-largest water tower manufacturer in the country. In 1968, the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company sold; however, the impact of the company is still present. It is said by locals that the company had a hand in almost every part of Newnan’s development. The R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company represents a “rags-to-riches’’ story of a company that started as a small, personal endeavor and eventually became one of the most profitable companies in the South.
ISBN: 9781467107792
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Georgia
Series: Images of America
Images: 209
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. Emily Kimbell is the director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and McRitchie-Hollis Museum. This book’s photographs, taken from the familial archives of descendants of the Cole family, span the company’s 114-year-old history. Duke Cole Blackburn Jr., a Newnan native and sixth-generation member of the Cole family, provides the foreword.
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