Spartanburg-based textile and chemical manufacturer Milliken & Company has received Mentor of
the Year awards from the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia for Milliken Floor Covering’s Live
Oak Complex and Hillside Plant in LaGrange, Ga. Each year, the Partnership for a Sustainable
Georgia presents the award to an organization that is helping the state become more sustainable by
educating other companies on the benefits of environmental improvements such as pollution
“Milliken & Company’s Live Oak Complex and Hillside Plant worked together to mentor local
medical facilities, municipalities, businesses and organizations on the importance of pollution
reduction,” said Suzanne Burnes, assistant director of Georgia’s Pollution Prevention Assistance
Division (P2AD) and manager of the Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia. “We look to see
other organizations in Georgia follow their lead.”
The Live Oak Complex and Hillside Plant carpet manufacturing facilities joined the
Partnership in 2006 as a Gold Level partner, the highest achievement level. Gold Level
organizations can retain membership for life, as long as they continue to demonstrate improvement.
Milliken Floor Covering, whose carpet products have been certified carbon-neutral, employs
alternative energy in its operation and since 1999 has sent no waste to landfills.
P2AD, a non-regulatory division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, created the
Partnership for a Sustainable Georgia to promote environmental leadership and acknowledge
excellence in environmental performance. Membership in the partnership is free of charge and open
to any organization or business that operates in Georgia.