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Dalton innovator receives GaMEP 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award

Marten Hutchison (left), lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries, and John Zegers, GaMEP at Georgia Tech northwest Georgia region manager.
Marten Hutchison (left), lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries, and John Zegers, GaMEP at Georgia Tech northwest Georgia region manager.

Dalton, Ga.—The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) has named Marten Hutchison a 2017 Faces of Manufacturing Award recipient.

Hutchison, lead innovation manager at Shaw Industries Group, headquartered here, is one of four Georgians who are being recognized for their respective contributions and commitment to the manufacturing industry, which is a key driver of the state economy.

Hutchison has been with Shaw since 1993. He accepted his award Oct. 3 during a special ceremony at Shaw’s MakerSpace.

Since joining Shaw, he has held numerous positions, including one where he led a team to build one of the largest plastic bottle recycling facilities in North America. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, Hutchison has focused on equipment and technology to improve processes and incorporate automation into Shaw’s plants.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as a Face of Manufacturing in Georgia,” Hutchison said. “I’m proud of how Shaw’s approach to manufacturing has become increasingly innovative.”

GaMEP is a federally funded economic development program of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. It works with manufacturers across the state to help them remain viable and economically competitive.

Collectively, more than 10,000 manufacturing companies operate in Georgia. Those companies, which span all sizes, employ more than 365,000 people and produce a total manufacturing output of $53 billion per year.

The Faces campaign showcases the sector’s importance to Georgia’s economy. Hutchison and the other three award recipients were selected from an initial pool of nominations and chosen through a public voting contest consisting of 10 finalists. Following more than 4,500 votes cast, Hutchison emerged as one of the top four.

In addition to his Shaw duties, Hutchison is a FIRST Robotics team coach at Northwest Georgia College & Career Academy, where he helps students conceptualize, prototype, design, build and program robots for competition. The team recently was awarded one of four Rookie Inspiration awards at the world competition.

“We are very proud of Marten and grateful to him for his dedication to educating students in the STEM disciplines and exciting them about manufacturing, as they are the future of our industry,” said David Morgan, Shaw’s executive vice president of operations.

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Shaw announces winner of CTS Awesome Dream Car Giveaway

160302 - CTS Giveaway 20Dalton—Nothing says “awesome” like receiving a free Cadillac CTS luxury sedan. And that’s exactly what happened recently for one Colorado flooring retail sales associate upon winning Shaw’s Capture The Spirit Awesome Dream Car Giveaway.

Capture The Spirit (CTS) is Shaw’s industry-leading rewards program, designed specifically to incentivize floor covering retail sales associates to sell better-end Shaw flooring products. Last year, Shaw announced its plans to run a year long, nationwide CTS Awesome Dream Car Giveaway promotion with the winner promised a Cadillac CTS sedan. Thousands entered, hundreds qualified to win but only one RSA walked away with the luxury vehicle: Josh Cooper from Denver-based flooring retailer Carpet Exchange.

“I was so shocked to win,” Cooper said. “This experience was one of the biggest surprises of my life. I thank everyone at Shaw Floors for giving me all the tools I need to succeed in my business. Winning this promotion really shows that hard work pays off and I want to thank Shaw for being a great partner.”

Aaron John, Director of Shaw Flooring Network and Retail Programs, said, “We couldn’t be happier for Josh. He is an amazingly talented retail sales associate who continuously strives to better serve the consumer. By actively participating in our [CTS] platform, Josh and hundreds of retailers just like him have honed their craft and have been lucratively rewarded for their efforts. We invite all RSAs to sign up for Shaw’s CTS program and start earning money for selling products they already know and trust.”

Shaw’s Capture The Spirit rewards program was created in 1998, making it one of the oldest and most respected loyalty programs in the industry.

To see Josh’s surprise reaction to winning the CTS Awesome Dream Car Giveaway, visit www.shawcts.com/giveaway.

To learn more about or sign up for Shaw’s industry leading rewards program, Capture The Spirit, visit www.shawcts.com.

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Mohawk Industries to create 200 jobs in Dalton

Mohawk_Industries_logoDalton—Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, will expand its existing vinyl flooring operations in Dalton-Whitfield County. This project will significantly increase the company’s current U.S. luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing capacity. The $100 million capital investment in infrastructure and equipment will generate approximately 200 jobs for the region.

“Mohawk’s continued expansion in Georgia underscores how a premier flooring manufacturer helps Georgia’s entire floor covering industry remain competitive,” Deal said. “This is a great indicator of the resilience of the carpet and floor covering industry. We look forward to Mohawk’s continued job creation and investment in our state.”

The project will increase Mohawk’s production of flexible and rigid LVT (WPC) products for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk currently employs more than 34,000 individuals worldwide and approximately 10,250 in Georgia.

“Mohawk currently is starting up its Dalton LVT plant, which will be operating at full capacity by the end of 2016,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Industries’ Flooring North America segment. “This major investment to expand our U.S. LVT production will meet increased demand for our unique products and enhance Mohawk’s position as the global leader in LVT, the world’s fastest growing flooring category.”

Mohawk acquired the IVC Group in 2015, positioning the company at the forefront of the global vinyl flooring market. The acquisition added state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities in both in Europe and North America, including the world’s largest, most efficient LVT production lines in Dalton-Whitfield County.

“As the flooring industry leader, we will bring the same exceptional design and performance features to the LVT that we have in our other product categories,” Carson said. “Combined with our industry-leading national distribution system, this expansion will provide our customers with the broadest product offering and the highest level of service in the LVT category.”

“This is the third major investment on this site and this expansion will complete the build-out of the property that we prepared for IVC back in 2010,” said Whitfield County commission chairman Mike Babb. “This is proof that the economic development process works and that the effort was worthwhile. We are very pleased that the company continues to grow and thrive and we appreciate all that Mohawk does to help our community.”

Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) regional project manager Stephanie Scearce represented the Global Commerce division in partnership with Mohawk Industries, Dalton-Whitfield Joint Development Authority and Dalton Utilities.

“We are excited about Mohawk’s choice to expand their operations in Dalton-Whitfield County,” said GDEcD commissioner Chris Carr. “Existing industry accounts for a major portion of the state’s investment and job opportunities, and we look forward to working with Mohawk and our partners in Dalton-Whitfield County to ensure they have the resources they need to continue to deepen their

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Over 200 dealers attend Beaulieu Tunica regional event

Dalton – Beaulieu execs were pleased with the company’s Regional Show held in the resort town of Tunica, Mississippi, March 1-2. Beaulieu introduced dealers to its award winning Bliss EverClean collection, as well as new additions to its popular Bliss Stainmaster collection. Continue reading Over 200 dealers attend Beaulieu Tunica regional event

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From carpet to crude oil: New Dalton venture creates high expectations

Dalton — Clean Energy Conversions, a new Dalton business that will take 400,000 tons of carpet waste and turn it into synthetic crude oil, will be in operation by early 2012 employing around 20 people.

“We are very excited to be here,” Brett KenCairn, president of Community Energy Systems, told the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority recently. “When we started looking for waste carpet, all roads pointed to Dalton.” Continue reading From carpet to crude oil: New Dalton venture creates high expectations

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Beaulieu announces closure of model facility

DALTON—Almost two weeks since the announced closure at the end of the year of its Riverbend facility and the securing of $230,000,000 in loan refinancing, Beaulieu of America officials announced today the reduction of operations at its Dalton Model Plant, effective January 2, 2012. The plant has been in operation since 1989. Continue reading Beaulieu announces closure of model facility

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Beaulieu announces closure of Riverbend facility

DALTON—Continued reduced sales brought on by a struggling economy has led Beaulieu to cease production by year’s end at its Riverbend facility here. The Riverbend plant has been in operation by Beaulieu since 1988, employs 170 associates, and produces tufted and finished carpet for the industry’s top carpet-only manufacturer. Continue reading Beaulieu announces closure of Riverbend facility

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Mapei buys additional property in Dalton, manufacturing plant in Bulgaria

DALTON—While others downsize or worse, Mapei continues expanding. The company has recently acquired an additional 80,500 square-foot building on 5.2 acres of property located here. The new facility is located within a mile of the company’s APAC adhesives production plant, which Mapei purchased in April of last year (FCNews, April 20/27).
“The availability of raw materials makes the location ideal for our purposes; we’ll begin retrofitting the plant to produce Mapei powdered products right away,” said Ray Knecht, Mapei unit manager, Dalton operations. “In the meantime, we’ll start using the plant space immediately as a regional distribution center for products from our tile and stone installation systems and concrete restoration systems. We’ll give our customers in the Southeast improved service while saving in shipping times.”
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