Karastan SVP Bill Storey and North Carolina commerce secretary John Skvarla announce facility production expansion in Eden, N.C.
Eden, N.C.—As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to bring added value to customers through high-quality products and unmatched service, Mohawk Industries has announced an $8 million investment in its Eden, N.C., weaving plant. Almost 90 years after the first Karastan rug was produced at the facility, Mohawk is reinvigorating the location with investments in technology, equipment, infrastructure and new jobs that will make Eden a center of excellence in weaving across all of the Karastan brand’s business segments—including the residential, rug and commercial divisions—as well as producing woven collections for select specialized channels.
“The first Karastan rug at the Eden facility was produced in 1928, and this project represents a revitalization of this important site,” said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk’s North American flooring division. “We are delighted that more than 100 people in the region will become part of our talented and dedicated team at Eden. These fine craftspeople create some of the most beautiful and enduring products in our industry. We look forward to investing in equipment as well as making significant process and infrastructure improvements to ensure a brighter future for this historic facility and the great people who work here.”
While rugs have always been the location’s signature product, Eden also produces Karastan’s coveted residential woven broadloom carpet. With this expansion, the company will now be able to create a wide variety of innovative commercial products, as well. For instance, Mohawk Group’s aviation carpets—which are used by most major airlines—as well as fine woven carpets designed for hotels, schools, healthcare facilities, office buildings and public spaces will now be manufactured at Eden.
“Mohawk has been a great corporate citizen to Rockingham County and toNorth Carolina,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “By adding these new manufacturing jobs the company is demonstrating its confidence in North Carolina’s business climate and workforce.”