March 22, 2014

JA to observe 50th year in Dalton

From Staff Reports

— For 50 years, Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia has helped Dalton area youth learn about entrepreneurship and the free market system.

The group plans to celebrate its founders as well as the individuals who have been inducted into the Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame during the last nine years at its annual banquet on Tuesday, April 15.

“We are going to be honoring Mr. I.V. Chandler,” said Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia Vice President Judy Norris. “He was very active in the beginning of Junior Achievement. Our building, where we are still housed today, was built in 1968. He made a large donation to make that possible, and it is called the I.V. Chandler Junior Achievement Center.”

Chandler came to Whitfield County in 1935 as a teacher. In 1943, he and several others founded Star Chenille bedspreads. The company later changed its name to Patcraft and expanded into rugs and carpet, making him one of the pioneers of the carpet industry in Dalton.

Junior Achievement of Northwest Georgia recognized Chandler as its first honorary life member in 1968. He was later joined in that honor by Jack Bandy, Jim Finney, Virgil Hampton, Tom Jones and Charles Kreischer.

“We thought it was appropriate on our 50th anniversary to remember Mr. Chandler for all his business accomplishments as well as for his impact on Junior Achievement,” Norris said.

Norris said the group is inviting past board members and student advisers to attend and will recognize them as well.

“We’ve also got about 30 companies who were original stockholders of Junior Achievement and are still supporting us today, and we will be recognizing them,” she said.

The dinner starts at 6:15 p.m. with a reception and silent auction. Tickets are $125, or a table for 10 for $1,000. Those interested in attending should contact Norris at (706) 278-9180 or