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Rug company bringing 40-50 jobs to Murray County

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A Turkey-based rug company will establish its U.S. headquarters in Murray County, creating 40 to 50 jobs. County officials said landing the project was a direct result of the planned inland port.

“I am happy to announce that ART Carpet, a company based in Turkey, will be making its U.S. headquarters right here in Murray County,” said Brittany Pittman, Murray County’s Sole Commissioner.

“We have added substantially to our customer portfolio which now includes designers, independent rug dealers, furniture stores, mass retailers and Internet sites,” ART Carpet President John Brooking said about the company’s expansion in the North American market.

ART Carpet is a producer of machine woven rugs. The company plans to begin its U.S.-based operations this month.

“They are going to be moving into an existing building without needing to build something new, it will mean a very quick time to production for this project,” Pittman said.

“When we were originally looking for places to locate in the United States, Murray County, Ga., was high on our list at the very beginning,” said Brooking. “We saw that Murray County was receiving the Appalachian Regional Port, a direct line to the global market through the port of Savannah, and that made the area extremely attractive.” Read More

Source: DaltonDailyCitizen.com

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J+J Flooring Participates in ‘Zero Waste Strategies’ Event

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J+J Flooring Group recently participated in the Alliance for Innovation and Sustainability’s “Zero Waste Strategies” event at Dalton State College.

Russ Delozier, J+J director of sustainability, delivered a presentation titled, “A Journey of 1,000 Miles Starts…How J+J Achieved Zero Waste to Landfill Certification.” Delozier was the featured speaker along with Joel Murphy, Mohawk Industries’ director of global waste stream management. Murphy presented, “The Journey to Zero Waste.”

Delozier’s presentation focused on how the company’s landfill reduction efforts began nearly a quarter of a century ago and some of the sustainable best practices it has taken to reach that milestone. It was in keeping with J+J’s longstanding commitment to sharing as much knowledge as possible with the industry and its customers to spur creative thinking and solutions that can lead to a more environmentally sustainable world. Read More

Source: FloorTrendsMag.com

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Mohawk Hires Makervillage for 3D Design Fifth Grade Challenge

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Mohawk Industries has hired Makervillage to lead design and production of 3D accessories for the Mohawk Group LightLab Design Center.

Makervillage will deliver 3D printed lampshades through a unique partnership with Elm Street Elementary and the Berry College Creative Technologies program. Fifth graders at Elm Street will compete to design lampshades for the LightLab employee cafeteria.

The LightLab is a 33,000-square-foot facility being constructed in Dalton, Ga and will house about 80 design professionals and other staff for the international corporation starting February 2016. Read More

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‘Supplying a Trained Workforce:’ Dalton State’s New Degree Reflects Collaboration

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There is a severe shortage of trained workers with a chemistry background to support local flooring and chemical industries, according to the president of a local business.

Providing degrees to help fill the workforce is a priority at Dalton State. And the College’s 21stbachelor’s degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Scientific Technology with a concentration in chemistry, should help meet the needs of local businesses and industry.

“The new Bachelor of Applied Science in Scientific Technology will be invaluable in supplying the trained workforce to meet the present needs of our industries and the personnel for future growth,” said Vann Brown, president of Brown Ox Ventures, a chemical and technology company. Read More

Source: Dalton State College

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IMCP Summit Press Release

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On October 20th, members of the Northwest Georgia Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) “Floor360 Consortium” attended the 2015 IMCP Summit in Washington, D.C. The Consortium members met with elected officials and EDA partner agencies to discuss the growth of the advanced manufacturing sector in Northwest Georgia.

As part of the visit to Washington D.C., the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) organized a meeting with other IMCP manufacturing communities in their service area, the Tennessee DRIVE community, and the Greater Pittsburgh Metals Manufacturing community. This visit was a chance for the communities to meet and discuss their respective experiences with IMCP. ARC also organized a site visit to the Front Royal Inland Port in Virginia for the Floor360 Consortium. Since the recent announcement of the Appalachian Inland Port being built in Murray County, it was important for the group to view a relative comparison of how an inland port functions, and its potential economic impact on the community. Floor360 also met with Congressman Tom Graves and Senator Johnny Isakson and their staff regarding transportation improvements to further support the future Appalachian Inland Port, and encouraged support for the “Made in America Manufacturing Communities Act” which would make IMCP a long-term initiative into the next Administration. Floor360 also met with officials of the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Department of Commerce including U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Jay Williams.

Those seated around the table include (from left to right): Bo Butler (Legislative Director in the Office of Tom Graves), Rebecca Anderson (Legislative Assistant in the Office of Tom Graves), Leigh Hopkins (Georgia Tech), Annaka Woodruff (DCA), Mike Gallman (Mohawk Industries), Robert Knotts (Georgia Tech), Joey Faircloth (Mohawk Industries), Ginger Mathis (Georgia Northwestern Technical College), Cmr. Steve Taylor (Bartow County), Cmr. Lamar Paris (Union County), Cmr. Jason Winters (Chattooga County), Joe Yarbrough (Carpet and Rug Institute), and Rep. Tom Graves.
Those seated around the table include (from left to right): Bo Butler (Legislative Director in the Office of Tom Graves), Rebecca Anderson (Legislative Assistant in the Office of Tom Graves), Leigh Hopkins (Georgia Tech), Annaka Woodruff (DCA), Mike Gallman (Mohawk Industries), Robert Knotts (Georgia Tech), Joey Faircloth (Mohawk Industries), Ginger Mathis (Georgia Northwestern Technical College), Cmr. Steve Taylor (Bartow County), Cmr. Lamar Paris (Union County), Cmr. Jason Winters (Chattooga County), Joe Yarbrough (Carpet and Rug Institute), and Rep. Tom Graves.
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Floor360 is a voluntary consortium of public and private partners tasked to grow and support the 15-county Northwest Georgia region’s floor covering manufacturing industries and surrounding communities. Floor360 received the designation in 2014, and is now among 24 communities nationally to be granted preference when applying for $1.2 billion in federal funding to support advanced manufacturing. To date, more than $800,000 has already been awarded to a Floor360 partner, Murray County, to upgrade their wastewater system to further support the regions flooring industry.

For more information on Floor360, visit http://www.floor360.org.

The IMCP program is a U.S. Department of Commerce initiative designed to revolutionize the way federal agencies leverage economic development funds, making investments more efficient and effective. IMCP encourages communities to develop comprehensive economic development strategies that will strengthen their competitive edge for attracting global manufacturer and supply chain investments. The Floor360 Consortium has been active since 2014, after Georgia Tech completed an Advanced Manufacturing Strategy for the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission. The strategy was completed using IMCP planning grant funds through the Atlanta office of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA). To learn more about the IMCP program, visit www.eda.gov/challenges/imcp.

Floor360 looks forward to continuing to update you on future developments. Contact Leigh Hopkins for more information: leigh.hopkins@gatech.edu.

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Shaw’s Paul Murray Finalist for Sustainability Award – Voting Open Until 11/15/15

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Paul Murray, Shaw Industries Group, Inc.’s vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs has been named a finalist in The Circulars, a global sustainability awards program.

In addition to the seven awards categories decided by The Circulars judging panel, there is an opportunity for the public to recognize the individual, public sector program or organization that has the most inspiring circular economy story via the People’s Choice Award. Voting is open online now through November 15.

Paul is a pioneering sustainability leader with more than three decades of experience working toward a more circular economy. Before joining Shaw in 2011, Paul led Herman Miller, Inc.s’ award winning environmental and sustainability efforts. Paul’s commitment to Cradle to Cradle and a holistic approach to sustainability is evident in both companies’ efforts.  Shaw is proud to see his long-term efforts recognized and for the vital role he plays in fulfilling Shaw’s commitment to creating a better future through every material, every process, and every action.

The Circulars, the world’s premier circular economy award program honors notable contributions to driving circular economy principles. The awards will be presented in a ceremony at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland in January 2016.

Please take a moment and recognize Paul for his efforts by going online to VOTE at https://thecirculars.org/peoples-choice.

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Rep. Tom Graves Meets with Northwest Georgia Leaders to Discuss Economic Development

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Washington, Oct 29 – Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) met with Northwest Georgia leaders in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss their work promoting economic development in the region, specifically strengthening the flooring industry. Georgia Tech’s economic development arm, the Enterprise Innovation Institute, along with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, helped organize the group of leaders and facilitate their efforts.

Their work is already paying off. Together, the groups formed an organization called Floor360, which was recently awarded a highly competitive designation from the U.S. Department of Commerce called Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). This designation supports job creation and manufacturing through transformative economic development strategies that are designed to make communities throughout America more competitive globally. Read More

Source: Congressman Tom Graves Press Release

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Georgia startups inspire middle schoolers in Calhoun to dream big

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What’s the secret to getting more students interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)? A big key is igniting their imaginations at a younger age and introducing them to future possibilities.

In honor of National Manufacturing Day on October 2, the Center of Innovation for Manufacturinghosted an interactive event at Calhoun Middle School focused on student start-ups and entrepreneurship. The Center brought together three Georgia student start-up companies – Ichor, Gimme Vending, and Wish for WASH – to showcase the creativity, challenges, and success of developing an innovative product and launching that into a viable business. Read More

Source: Georgia.org

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Dalton carpet company is first in the world to eliminate sending any waste to landfills

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DALTON, Ga. — There’s a landfill in this historic carpet capital town dedicated solely to the disposal of carpet refuse. Some 100,000 to 150,000 pounds of manufacturing scraps and worn out household and commercial rugs are dumped there every day.

The carpet landfill occupies 29 acres and is estimated to be sustainable for another 10 years. Experts hope someday the site will be mined for valuable resources (like nylon) in carpets that have been dumped, covered and layered for the last 15 years.

Waste is the gorilla on the carpet industry’s back. Carpet makers make the single largest contribution (around 60 percent) to local Dalton landfills, according to the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority.

Carpet makers across the country have felt increasing pressure, from federal and state governments and from consumers, to take greater responsibility for end-of-life carpet products — to find better and more creative ways to repurpose space-hogging carpet waste and to be better stewards of the environment.

J+J Flooring Group, headquartered at its campus off Underwood Street in Dalton, accepts the challenges facing carpet makers and is blazing a trail for its colleagues to follow. Read More

Source: Times Free Press

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National Manufacturing Day

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Happy National Manufacturing Day!  We are pleased to report that through the support of IMCP and the Floor360 Consortium, there are four National Manufacturing Day events happening in the Northwest Georgia region!  NIST MEP reported that nationwide, there are 2,300 events happening today – that exceeds their goal by 300 events!  Here’s a summary of what’s happening:

For more information on National Manufacturing Day, or to find more events in your area, please visit the Manufacturing Day website: http://www.mfgday.com/.