The Man Behind the Brand - Mr. John Roy Crider

We thought it only fitting that we provide a short biography on the man who made all of this possible. Without Mr. J.R. Crider, (or Pop as we call him) this little dream of ours would not exist. From day one of this crazy journey he has been in our corner, always ready and willing to contribute in any way he can. His constant stream of business advice, moral support, and godly counsel has been invaluable. For these things and so many others, we will forever be indebted to the man behind the brand.

John Roy Crider was born on June 16th, 1938 into a humble but loving family and learned the meaning of hard work as he grew up on their 110 acre farm on the outskirts of Powder Springs, Georgia. While a young boy, he nearly died when he was kicked in the head by a mule. When asked to elaborate on the accident he simply said: “Wasn’t that bad…worst part of the whole thing was when the doctor pulled the bandage off my head!”


J.R. attended South Cobb High School where he played on the varsity baseball team and enjoyed a well rounded four years, being named “wittiest” by his peers for his senior superlative. He never had a car in high school, so throughout the season, he would make a three and a half mile walk every day for baseball practices and games. During his time at South Cobb, he began to date a charming young lady by the name of Elaine Hart. Ms. Hart would eventually become Mrs. Crider as the two wed in the fall of 1960 following her graduation.




After graduating high school, J.R. enrolled in Marsh Business School to pursue an accounting degree. While attending Marsh, he took a job at Alco Manufacturing, where he served as an administrative clerk.  At the time, he still had no car, and would use the bus rides to and from work to study school materials. He would eventually leave the school prior to graduation, as he felt the curriculum too confining. Over the years, Alco changed hands several times but John Roy stayed on with the company and gained keen insight into the metal manufacturing industry.


In 1989, J.R. would use his insight and business savvy to start his own company with fellow Alco employee Jim Ishee. Their company, Royal Metal Products, has grown exponentially over the years and is enjoying over 3 decades of success. They now have over 300,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space, as well as their own private shipping fleet. At age 75 he is still at Royal, helping them continue to expand each year.

Along the road, J.R. also managed to serve his country with The United States Army and was inducted to the Georgia Softball Hall of Fame. He is the proud father of 3, grandfather of 9 and great grandfather of 2. He serves on the deacon board at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and loves Jesus with all his heart. In his spare time, he enjoys watching the Braves, golfing, and bird hunting.