Dalton, Calhoun to get new jobs

Northwest Georgia has lost thousands of carpet, flooring and textile jobs during the recession, but Monday the region received a double-dose of good employment news.

IVC Group of Belgium announced it will invest $70 million and hire 115 workers to make vinyl flooring in Dalton when it opens a plant in early 2011. Combined with its U.S. headquarters, IVC could ultimately top 150 employees in this Whitfield County city, where the unemployment rate hovers around 13 percent.

In nearby Calhoun, Shaw Industries said it will hire 200 people by mid-2010 to work in an idled yarn factory, another indication that the housing and credit markets may be on the verge of an economic rebound.

“It’s great news for Georgia that one of our longtime manufacturers is planning for future growth in the state,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “It is a testament to the strength of our workforce and infrastructure that, even during this economic downturn, Shaw still finds Georgia the best place to invest in its future.”

Shaw, the world’s largest carpet maker, has announced 1,265 layoffs in Calhoun, Trenton and Ringgold this past year.