Governor Ralph Northam announced Monday that Mohawk Industries will expand its manufacturing operation in Carroll County.
The project will preserve existing jobs and add several new positions. Mohawk plans to invest in new equipment as part of the expansion. The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission approved a $95,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant to assist with this project.
Tobacco Commission member, Secretary of Commerce and Trade Esther Lee said, “Keeping Mohawk in the Commonwealth was a priority and the result of teamwork by the County, Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance, and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership. The advanced manufacturing industry continues its growth in Virginia, which is home to more than 6,000 manufacturers employing over 242,000 workers. We applaud Mohawk’s growth and investment in Carroll County and look forward to its continued success.”
Tobacco Commission member, Senator Bill Stanley added, “This announcement is welcome news for Carroll County and the region as a whole. Retaining a quality employer like Mohawk is a top priority for the Tobacco Commission and the jobs and investment associated with this project show that Mohawk is committed to staying in Southwest Virginia long term.”
Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring. Their industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate their brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Their brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, Karastan, Marazzi, Mohawk, Mohawk Group, Pergo, Unilin, Quick-Step and IVC. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.
Plant Manager Ed Spivey said, “We are excited to expand in Hillsville and appreciate the opportunity to continue providing great jobs in Commonwealth. Operating a growing business means continued opportunities for the people in this community. We appreciate their diligence and dedication that supports the demand for Mohawk’s award-winning residential carpet.”
Carroll County Administrator Steve Truitt added, “Carroll County could not be more gratified to begin a new chapter of its long-standing relationship with Mohawk Industries. Mohawk remains one of our largest employers, a leader in our community and a linchpin in our plans for future economic development and growth. In turn, Carroll is committed to continue working closely with Mohawk leadership to ensure its continued success in Carroll County and the Commonwealth.”
Supporting existing businesses when they wish to expand, like Mohawk Industries, is an important part of the Tobacco Commission’s mission to develop a diverse economy in the areas we serve. Retaining valuable corporate partners is equally important as attracting new businesses to Southern and Southwest Virginia as work continues to revitalize the economies of those regions.