Mohawk Industries adding more than 400 jobs in North Georgia

Mohawk Industries adding more than 400 jobs in North Georgia

December 4th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Melissa Kernea prepares to pick up a load of yarn off of a conveyor belt at Mohawk Industries, Inc. in Dalton, Ga., in this file photo.

Photo by Staff File Photo/Times Free Press.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Mohawk Industries will convert two manufacturing facilities in Dalton and Rome, leading to 420 new jobs being created.

The conversions will represent an investment of $85 million and turn yarn spinning plans into bulk continuous filament twisting and heat setting plants.

Four hundred and twenty additional jobs will be created in Dalton while 230 jobs will be preserved at the Rome plant, a news release said.

"As the U.S. economic recovery gains traction, Mohawk is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet rising demand for the company's premium soft carpets," Joe Yarbrough, Mohawk's senior vice president of advanced manufacturing engineering, said. "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."

He said it is anticipated that "these expansions will begin operation in 2014.

"We are grateful to our local, regional and state partners for their support of these expansions and for sharing our commitment to build a brighter future for northwest Georgia."

Mohawk is a Fortune 500 company based in Calhoun, Ga., and offers a full line of flooring products, including carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, stone, wood, laminate and vinyl.