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June 13, 2014

IVC breaks ground on second Dalton plant

Barely three years after the opening of its first American production plant in Dalton, IVC US broke ground earlier this week on a $100 million luxury vinyl plank and tile (LVT) plant at the same site.

“We are very excited to partner with a local general contractor, Fox & Brindle Construction Co., and to have the support of the local community,” said Xavier Steyaert, co-CEO for IVC US, in a press release. “This new LVT plant is an ambitious venture, and one that will add 200 Georgia jobs and continue to strengthen our region.”

The plant is forecast to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2015, and company officials say they have already begun interviewing and hiring some positions such as for engineering and supervision.

The announcement is just the latest sign of resurgence for the Dalton area floorcovering industry. In the last year, local floorcovering companies have announced expansions that are expected to create some 2,600 jobs during the next five years in Whitfield County alone and hundreds more across the rest of northwest Georgia.

Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce President Brian Anderson said IVC’s announcement adds further confirmation that the floorcovering industry is well into a recovery from the Great Recession.

“This also shows that Dalton is continuing to expand from just the Carpet Capital to the flooring capital,” he said. “We not only have carpet and soft flooring, we have the resilient flooring sector growing and investing in northwest Georgia. It gives us the hope and the possibility that over the next 20 years we can become the home-building capital. Why can’t we have lighting manufacturing here or plumbing or windows?”

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