The floor covering manufacturer Mohawk Industries, based in Calhoun, Ga., has announced plans to expand its Summerville, Ga., recycling plant. The company says it expects to add 500 jobs during the next five years.
“Mohawk is one of Georgia’s flagship Fortune 500 companies, and we are pleased to see its continued investments in our state leading to the creation of meaningful jobs in Summerville and other communities,” says Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. “This expansion is a great indicator of the resilience of the carpet and floor covering industry.”
Deal adds, “Mohawk has Georgia’s full support for its continued investments in our state.”
At its Summerville operation, Mohawk recycles billions of reclaimed plastic bottles and containers into polyester fiber used to produce carpet. Through the expansion project, Mohawk says it will improve the efficiencies of its recycling and manufacturing processes to produce more fiber to meet consumer demand.
Mark Dye, Mohawk vice president of recycling, says, “The men and women at our Summerville facility contribute significantly to the company’s success. We continue to invest in leading-edge technologies because of our confidence in the skills and dedication of our people. We anticipate the initial phase of the expansion will be operational in 2013 and we expect the manufacturing improvements to yield new, innovative products that will provide even more value to our customers.”
He adds, “We appreciate the support of leaders in the city of Summerville, Chattooga County and the state of Georgia that helped to make this expansion possible.”