Company History

Incorporated in 1963 by Ed and Mitzi Crafton, PolyPortables was a pioneering manufacturer of mass-produced portable restrooms and related portable sanitation products.  The company’s first facility was located in Bradenton, Florida, but moved to its current Dahlonega, Georgia location in 1979.  Since its inception, PolyPortables has grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of portable restrooms in the world.  The Dahlonega facility has since undergone several expansions, and today houses over 64,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Kathy Crafton became President of PolyPortabless in 1993.  As the Crafton’s only child, Kathy grew up in the portable restroom business.  She ran her own Portable Toilet Rental business in Atlanta, GA for several years and then learned the manufacturing side from the floor up to completely round out her knowledge of the business.  She served as President for 20 years, during which time the company continued to expand its capabilities and product offerings.  In 1995, a complete redesign of the Poly Standard toilet was introduced with a new and exciting look of the “Integra” model whose door depicted the outline of the mountains and rivers of North Georgia.  Numerous other models were added to the product line during the next several years such as the market leading EAU (Enhanced Access Unit).  In 1999, a rotational molding company was acquired, which enabled PolyPortables to bring in-house the manufacturing of products that had previously been sub-contracted. Recognizing a need to be a “turnkey” provider of portable sanitation products, the Green Way Products division was founded in 2004 to provide a full line of environmentally friendly deodorizer products.  In 2005 a new, state of the art, twin sheet thermoforming machine was purchased to produce PolyPortables first double-walled restroom, the “Vantage”.  We have also expanded geographically by adding multiple national and international distribution centers.  Throughout this period of growth, PolyPortables never wavered from its commitment to superior customer service before, during, and after the sale.

At the beginning of 2013, PolyPortables partnered with Jordan-Blanchard Capital (JBC), a Columbus, Georgia based private equity investment firm, in a transaction that has led to full transition of its ownership to JBC.  Although ownership and leadership have changed, the core values that have made us successful have not.  Our focus remains on providing quality products that deliver unparalleled value, with a level of customer service that is unrivaled in the industry.  There is a renewed commitment to continuous improvement of our processes and products, through the application of Lean production principles.  With Lean, we involve all of our people in identifying and eliminating waste in processes throughout our organization.  It is a never ending journey to continually improve our customers’ experience with our products and service through increased quality, efficiency, and innovation.  More information on Lean can be found on www.lean.org.

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