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Engineered Floors to create 2,000 jobs in Greater Dalton
Carpet manufacturer will expand and invest $450 million in Murray and Whitfield counties


Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Engineered Floors, LLC, a Dalton-based carpet maker, will invest $450 million and create 2,000 new jobs, with the potential for hundreds more, over the next five years in northwest Georgia. The company will construct new facilities in Whitfield and Murray counties.


"The story of Engineered Floors is the story of a Georgia-grown company's continued commitment to, and investment in, northwest Georgia," said Deal. "Georgia provides the business environment, workforce training and unparalleled logistics infrastructure to fuel growth for the floor-covering industry, which has been a cornerstone of the state's economy."


Engineered Floors will construct manufacturing and distribution facilities in Whitfield County, and a manufacturing facility in Murray County. The company is a driving force behind the resurgence of the carpet industry. Northwest Georgia is home to the company's corporate headquarters, two large manufacturing facilities, a tufting operation and a distribution center. The company currently employs 1,400 in the region.


"We are pleased that these new facilities will allow for further job creation for the area," said Robert E. Shaw, chairman and CEO of Engineered Floors, LLC. "The exemption of sales tax on energy in the manufacturing process that the legislature put in place under Gov. Deal's leadership during the 2012 legislative session makes a significant difference to manufacturers looking to grow and succeed."


The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) partnered with Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority and Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce to manage this expansion. Carl Campbell, regional project manager at GDEcD, led the expansion project for the state. Georgia Quick Start, the nation's top-ranked workforce training program, will provide assistance to the company.


Whitfield County Leaders Graduate from Georgia Academy for Economic Development

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Whitfield County graduates from the 2013 Region 1 Multi-Day Training Program.  Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from twelve counties in Northwest Georgia.  The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.


Whitfield County graduates at the May 7th ceremony included: Veronica French Rollins, Director of the Dalton Downtown Development Authority; Lynn Laughter, Whitfield County Commissioner; and Jennifer Whorton, Loans Program Officer for the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.


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Georgia Academy 2013
Pictured (L to R): Daniel Jackson, Academy Board Member and President/CEO of the Carroll County Chamber; Niki Knox, Georgia EMC; Jennifer Whorton, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission; Lynn Laughter, Whitfield County Board of Commissioners; Veronica French Rollins, Downtown Dalton Development Authority;  Chuck Scragg, Georgia Power.
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Georgia Economic Outlook


The 30th annual Georgia Economic Outlook was recently completed by the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. Here are a few key highlights about manufacturing:

  • The 3rd fastest job growth in Georgia will be in manufacturing
  • Manufacturing employment will rise by 1.7 percent
  • Two new Georgia manufacturers will create almost 3,000 jobs
  • Georgia will see 7,600 new goods-producing jobs
  • Industrial production will grow by 2.5 percent

Read more Georgia quick facts and compare them to the national quick facts.

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