Considered one of the pioneers in the carpet industry, the late Harry Saul founded what would become Queen Carpets in the 1940s. The company began in the chenille business but grew to one of the largest carpet producers in the world. Dalton-based Shaw Industries bought Queen Carpets in 1998. But business wasn’t Saul’s only interest. He co-founded Boy Scouts of Dalton and was one of the founding members of the local Chamber of Commerce. He was also active with Junior Achievement. Saul passed away in 1994.
A Dalton native, Turner has been involved in a myriad of activities, from banking to the carpet industry to health care. He is a past chairman of the Dalton State College Foundation, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Carpet and Rug Institute and a trustee of Hamilton Health Care System.
Bandy was one of three founders in 1956 of the tufted carpet business Coronet Industries, which was eventually bought by Beaulieu of America. Bandy’s family also donated land where the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center was built. Bandy resides in Dalton.
Alan and Shirley Lorberbaum
In 1957, the late Alan and Shirley Lorberbaum started Aladdin Mills, which would later become Mohawk Industries. The Calhoun-based company is now the world’s largest floorcovering maker. The Lorberbaums contributed much time and energy to Northwest Georgia.
V.D. Parrott Jr.
The late V.D. Parrott served as general manager/president of Dalton Utilities from 1945 until his retirement in 1982, working with local industry to create an environment to help the carpet industry grow. He is credited for helping Dalton become a worldwide manufacturing hub.
Catherine Evans Whitener
Considered the “mother of the carpet industry,” Whitener revived the handicraft tradition of tufting patterns onto bedspreads in the late 1890s, which developed into the floorcovering industry. She passed away in 1964.