Carpet and rug maker The Dixie Group Inc. will consolidate two factories, including one in north Georgia, to cut costs in the weak economy.

The company will merge carpet tufting operations in Eton, Ga., into its tufting, dyeing and finishing facility in Atmore, Ala. It also will move its California tufting and custom rug operation into its West Coast dyeing and finishing facility. The moves should be complete by the first quarter of 2009.

The company did not report how many jobs would be cut.

Calhoun Times