New carpet tile plant

An employee works on the cablers at Engineered Floors in this file photo. Dalton-based Engineered Floors will open a new carpet tile plant in Dalton.

Engineered Floors plans to build a carpet tile manufacturing facility in northwest Georgia, but officials are keeping mum on all of the details.

“We do have a commitment to northwest Georgia, and always have since the company was founded,” said Mike Sanderson, vice president of product marketing at Engineered Floors.

Asked to define northwest Georgia, he declined to answer.

Based in Dalton, Engineered Floors has expanded rapidly since its founding in 2009. It currently employs some 2,000 people in a 650,000-square-foot facility in Calhoun and an 800,000-square-foot facility on South Dug Gap Road in Dalton.

In a press release Tuesday, the company said it is “finalizing the site selection process.” It said the new facility “will be on the same scale and magnitude as the other Engineered Floors production facilities in the area. The company’s manufacturing model minimizes energy, water usage and raw material transportation costs. In addition to these advantages, this production facility will also give Engineered Floors the flexibility to manufacture a broad range of other flooring products as well.”

In a press release two years ago announcing plans for Engineered Floors’ Dalton plant, the Georgia Department of Economic Development said the company would also build a facility in Murray County. But Engineered Floors Chairman and CEO Robert E. “Bob” Shaw said at the time that announcement was premature.

“There could well be two new facilities. But we will only build one this year,” he said then.

Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman said at that time there had been discussions about a facility in Murray County.

“But nothing has been signed regarding the project at this point,” she said. “We are hoping that will happen fairly quickly.”

Pittman did not immediately return messages left for her Tuesday afternoon.

The new plant will produce PureColor solution dyed nylon and polyester fiber, according to the press release.

“Our PureColor solution dyed nylon and polyester fiber represents the best in class fiber system with built-in stain and fade resistance,” said Shaw said in the press release. “The PureColor fiber system will be the backbone of what we believe will be a superior carpet tile product.”

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