CALHOUN, Ga.– Last week, Mohawk Industries announced plans to expand production at its Roanoke carpet backing manufacturing facility. The company will invest in state-of-the-art extrusion technology and relocate a significant amount of manufacturing equipment to the facility. The expansion will initially create 35 new positions at the facility while more jobs are anticipated as the economy recovers.
Jamie Welborn, Mohawk’s vice president of Residential Manufacturing, said Mohawk’s decision to invest in the Roanoke facility was based on quality and cost. "We are committed to delivering quality products to our customers," said Welborn. "The people at Roanoke share that commitment. The expansion will also increase manufacturing efficiencies at the location, which will help to contain costs."
Welborn added that one of the major changes at the facility will be the addition and conversion of extrusion technology, which melts plastic to produce the synthetic material used to manufacture the carpet backing. He explained that these changes would allow the facility to generate a higher yield, produce better quality backing and reduce the physical labor involved in the manufacturing process.
"Upgrading technology is a major investment," said Welborn, "but everyone wins when we do this. Our customers get a better backing on their carpet, our company enjoys a good return on the investment through improved productivity and our people leverage the technology to make their jobs less physically demanding."
Jeff Phelps, site manager at Roanoke, said the investments in the facility are ultimately investments in people. "These changes will help us to stabilize the working schedule for all four shifts," said Phelps. "And the expansion will position our facility to meet increased demand in the future."
Phelps noted that as new equipment is added the facility will focus heavily on training and safety.
"Mohawk is a very safety-oriented organization," Phelps said. "We will train everyone on the new equipment to emphasize safety and productivity. Our goal is to make a quality product, but we never compromise safety to do that."
Alfreda Richardson, Human Resources manager at Roanoke, said she looks forward to the forthcoming hiring process and is excited about the prospect of welcoming new people to work at Roanoke.
"Mohawk is a strong company," Richardson said, "and I’m delighted that we’ll be able to offer good jobs with great benefits to the people of this area. I am proud of our community, and I’m pleased that we can help the community by providing good new jobs."
Richardson said that applications for the new positions will be accepted beginning on Nov. 2. Individuals interested in employment can apply online at www.mohawkjobs.com. or at the local Alabama Career Center.
Mohawk is a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of carpet, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone, vinyl, rugs and other home products. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which include Mohawk, Karastan, Ralph Lauren, Lees, Bigelow, Dal-Tile, American Olean, Unilin and Quick Step.