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April 4, 2012

Lauding our leaders

Junior Achievement to induct four into Hall of Fame


Harry Saul

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.

Jack Turner

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.


Jack Bandy

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.

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  • Looking Back - carpet 1.jpg The story of carpet

    The carpet industry in the United States began in 1791 when William Sprague started the first woven carpet mill in Philadelphia. Others opened during the early 1800s in New England. Included in that area was Beattie Manufacturing Co. in Little Falls, N.J., a company that operated until 1979.

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  • ja hof file2.jpg Lauding our leaders

    Looking for lessons in leadership?
    Just check out the members of the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame. They are a diverse group that have helped shape Dalton and Whitfield County.

    April 4, 2012 4 Photos

  • John Davis at Peacock Alley 1 mlh.jpg Peacock Alley has long history, about to make more

    Not long ago, it housed a doll shop, an Edible Fruit Creations store and a well-attended tea room.

    April 4, 2012 1 Photo

  • jordan'sjourney6.jpg Jordan’s journey

    After spending parts of three years exhaustively researching his family history in northwest Georgia, he had a book published about that history and genealogy. Research took him to Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Virginia and several other states.

    April 4, 2012 3 Photos