• Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B

    Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company’s largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.

    February 20, 2014

  • Werner Braun: Rec department is vital to our community

    It starts in the parks.
    That’s a pretty catchy statement, and it’s one that definitely set the tone for a presentation that our Carpet Capital Rotary Club members heard recently. That’s when Dalton Parks and Recreation Director (DPRD) Steve Card shared with us many of the good things that are going on at the DPRD.

    February 6, 2014

  • Brian Anderson: Economic investment paying off

    At the end of last year I attended the public hearing by the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners on their proposed 2014 budget. As has been the case the past few years, these dedicated public servants have proposed a very prudent and responsible budget. Given the continued difficult times we face economically, they have focused on the most pressing needs of our community and budgeted for those. They have also had to postpone many capital needs until better times.

    February 2, 2014

  • Solid growth brightens economic outlook for 2014

    Consumers will spend more. Government will cut less. Businesses will invest more. And more companies will hire.

    January 30, 2014

  • Werner Braun:A college’s gift to the community

    I’m a lucky man.
    When I think back on the cities I’ve either lived in or visited that I have enjoyed the most, I’m struck by the fact that there’s one common denominator: in all cases, there exists a great university.

    January 30, 2014

  • Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate rises slightly

    Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in December 2013, up from 9.4 percent in November, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

    January 30, 2014

  • IVC to increase production in Dalton

    Just a week after confirming that it plans to build an $80 million luxury vinyl plank and tile plant in Dalton, IVC US officials said the company will increase production at its existing facility in Dalton.

    January 23, 2014

  • Werner Braun: Magazine touts carpet ‘rebirth’

    The headline of the Dalton-Whitfield Economic Development Guide seems to say it all: “Carpet Comeback.”

    January 23, 2014

  • Yasenchak.jpg Some of world’s largest firms turn to Cohutta man for advice

    About three years ago, DiversiTech — a Conyers-based company that makes products for the heating, venting and air conditioning and refrigeration industries — started looking for a new purchasing manager. An ad they placed in a plastics manufacturers magazine brought a phone call from Lewis Yasenchak.

    January 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Werner Braun: ‘Leeding’ the charge in carpet recycling

    A recent article on has pointed out something we in this business have known for a good while: carpet companies are “excelling in the field” of EPR, or extended producer responsibility.

    January 16, 2014