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Mohawk To Convert Facilities, Add 420 Jobs

Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk Industries Inc. reports it will invest $85 million to convert two plants -- one in Dalton, Ga., and a second in Rome, Ga. -- from yarn spinning plants to bulk continuous filament (BCF) twisting and heat setting plants. According to the company, the conversions will add 420 jobs at the Dalton facility, and will preserve 230 jobs in Rome. Hiring for new positions is expected to begin mid-year 2014, and Mohawk plans to use Georgia Quick Start -- the state's workforce training program -- to train current and new employees. The Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce assisted Mohawk with the investment projects.

The conversions follow a recent investment at the company's Summerville location (See " Mohawk's Summerville Expansion Garners GEDA 'Deal Of The Year' Award," TextileWorld.com, October 29, 2013). Mohawk retooled some of the manufacturing capacity at its Summerville plant to increase production of soft polyester fiber for its Soft Appeal™ products.

"As the U.S. economic recovery gains traction, Mohawk is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet rising demand for the company's premium soft carpets," said Joe Yarbrough, senior vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering, Mohawk. "These major investments in Dalton and Rome - in addition to the company's previously announced Summerville project - will create or retain more than 1,000 excellent jobs across the region. We anticipate that these expansions will begin operation in 2014."

"This latest expansion by Mohawk is strong evidence that the economy, especially the housing market, continues to improve," said Brian Anderson, president and CEO, Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. "It also illustrates the strong commitment of Mohawk Industries to Dalton and all of Northwest Georgia. We are fortunate to have the floor covering industry and Mohawk Industries based in northwest Georgia.

December 10, 2013