Dalton, Georgia, known as the Carpet Capitol of the World, has been hard hit during the recession. Dalton, along with the surrounding communities and towns have built their livelihood on the carpet manufacturing industry, when the housing industry nose-dived, so did the jobs and the financial stability in this North Georgia area. The recent announcement of the IVC U.S. Inc. flooring company building it’s new, first American plant in Dalton, gives a glimmer of light shining through the previous dark days of unemployed carpet mill workers.
The new IVC U.S. Inc. plant will be a manufacturing facility that will produce high-end vinyl flooring, keeping with the trend of the diminished demand for wall-to-wall carpeting and going with consumer demand for hard floor surfaces. People in the Dalton, Georgia area are highly trained and well prepared for the work of producing high quality flooring, with many of our carpet industry workers going back 3 generations. Dalton’s primary industry has been carpet manufacturing, but even the major players in the carpet industry like Shaw and Mohawk have begun manufacturing hard floor surfaces in recent years to keep up with flooring trends.
The IVC Group is a Belgian based floor company that began in 1964 with five employees. Those humble beginnings have grown into a floor company that employees over 4,000 employees. Filip Balcaen is president of the IVC group, succeeding his father, Paul Balcaen, founder of the IVC Group.
The IVC motto, as stated on their website is: “NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED” . That’s a good motto for the hard hit Dalton, Georgia area to adopt. For so long, our area has relied solely on the carpet industry, taking for granted that carpeting would always be in high demand and the consumer market for carpeting would always be high enough to financially support and prosper our community for generations to come.
That notion, being taken for granted by our community and state leaders has changed during this recession and hopefully will inspire them to continue wooing new and diverse industry to Dalton and surrounding North Georgia areas. U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal and Georgia’s Governor Sonny Perdue were in Dalton when the announcement was made that our local officials had successfully been able to woo the Belgian floor company to build it’s first American floor manufacturing facility in Dalton.
Reportedly, IVC U.S. Inc. will spend $70 million dollars over the next 3 years to build it’s new vinyl floor manufacturing plant in Dalton, Georgia. When the facility is completed in 2011, 115 people will employed, in the meantime, the construction phase will help our local economy.