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MOHAWK TO BUILD NEW FACILITIES IN GEORGIA.

Byline: Jennifer Quail

SUGAR VALLEY, Ga.-Mohawk Industries has announced plans to build two new facilities in Georgia, expanding its Calhoun plant and paving the way for future job opportunities in the area.

Merle Johnson, vice president of marketing for Mohawk Home, said the facilities, slated to open in the fall of 2005, will actually accommodate two divisions of Mohawk Industries: Mohawk Home and the parent company's hardwood division. The Mohawk Home portion will include a rug finishing plant and will also allow the company to consolidate distribution for all its rug facilities, Johnson said.

In addition to saving jobs in the area, Johnson said the company intends to add them as well. "This will make it so space is available for expansion," she said. The company expects to create some 125 new jobs over a five-year period. Mohawk Industries already employs more than 18,000 workers in the state of Georgia alone.

According to Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's offices, Georgia was in competition with both Maryland and South Carolina for the project, which will require a total combined investment of $33 million and include 1.3 million square feet of new floor space. Johnson confirmed the company "was looking at possibly moving to another area," but noted Mohawk was pleased to be staying in Georgia.

"At a time when the industry is consistently losing jobs, it's really great that we can keep them here [in Georgia] and add more as well," Johnson said.

Caption(s): Merle Johnson, Mohawk Home: There is space available for expansion.
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Title Annotation:Mohawk Industries Inc.,
Author:Quail, Jennifer
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U5GA
Date:Jul 5, 2004
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