Local couple expands CRLG into manufacturing

Published 9:00 am Friday, September 9, 2022

On Thursday, Laura and Chris Rothermal of CRLG officially opened up the third branch of their business. This new branch of the company focuses on manufacturing sculptures, fixtures and one-of-a-kind ceramics. The first two branches of the company are Sculpture Practice LLC and Design Practice Group LLC.

“We are happy to have found a home in LaGrange to be a part of the community and watch high quality, manufacturing come back,” Laura said.

According to Chris, CRLG has been in LaGrange for three years and joined the chamber a year and a half ago.

“Our company has been taking off,” he said. “This is the year that we’ll be launching the manufacturing part of our company, so we are excited to do it here.”

CRLG manufactures custom products for the architecture and design industry. They make anything from fire logs to hand-pressed stone to classic metal patinas, Laura said.

Among their long list of projects include a custom four-and-a-half-ton aluminum sculpture for Microsoft’s new campus in Atlanta and ongoing public art commission for the city of Newnan, which Laura said will be installed in October.

“The sculpture for Microsoft is really one-of-a-kind, one of the really beautifully done things for the built environment,” Laura said.

Chris said the public art project in Newnan has four separate elements, about eight feet tall with four inches of solid laminated glass in between them. He had been working on it for about two years and expects to finish it this month.

According to Chris, they got the space in Elm City because of a large project where they needed more space. Laura and Chris credits Bobby Cammon and Bob Godfrey with helping them find a suitable space they could create in and open the manufacturing branch of CRLG.

“This is the first year that we’re launching manufacturing and bringing everything to fruition with lots of people on board and mostly in part, the chamber and the community of LaGrange, that has stood by us to get this unbelievable thing off the ground,” Chris said.

“There’s a vision for the redevelopment of our city plant that is very close to becoming a reality,” Laura said. “So, we’re happy to be here thankful for all this.”