It’s an old story: An enterprising person spots a need, musters the energy to meet it, and presto — a successful business is launched.
Four years ago Georgia native Nick Adams was a teamster making deliveries to, among other places, movie sets around Georgia. He noticed that the bathroom facilities at the film production sites were, shall we say, not up to standards.
That’s when the lightbulb of invention came on and Crew Thrones was born.
Nick started with three restroom trailers, one truck and one part-time helper. The staff has grown to six full-timers and a fleet of 28 trailers, five pump trucks and 80 porta-potties.
“I have a new trailer on the way and just purchased a new truck — the future looks bright,” says Nick.
Among the productions Crew Thrones has serviced are “Baby Driver,” two “Spiderman” movies, “The Outsider” TV series, “Ozark,” “Bad Boys 3” and “The Fate of the Furious,” aka “Fast and Furious 8.”
Nick gets involved at the very beginning by supplying porta-potties for the construction crews. As the production gets more elaborate, he brings in the luxury restroom trailers. While luxury is not a word usually associated with portable toilets, his trailers range from two units up to 10 units –– spanking clean and comfortable. One four-room unit can service an onsite crew of 50 to 75 people.
One of his biggest challenges is moving the units to keep pace with the crews as they change locations, Nick says. One production required shuttling the units between Macon and Norcross.
Based in Stockbridge, Crew Thrones is a good example of the beneficial effect of Georgia’s growing film industry on home-grown Georgia businesses.
“Building the business has enabled me to have a family, a home and savings for college educations,” says Nick, who grew up in Locust Grove and now lives in Williamson, south of Atlanta near Griffin. “The state’s tax credit for the film industry means I can look forward to a bright future.”