Floor manufacturer plans to upgrade equipment, add 20 new jobs
The upgrade is expected to add 20 new jobs to the facility’s existing 160 positions, while improving both the looms and technology.
By modernizing the looms at the Landrum facility, the company can update the styling of the carpet produced and help the company maintain its position in the marketplace, said Miles Wright, vice president of commercial manufacturing for Mohawk Flooring.
Based in Calhoun, Ga., Mohawk Industries operates two manufacturing facilities in South Carolina, including the Landrum plant in Spartanburg County as well as a facility in Bennettsville in Marlboro County.
The 340,000-square-foot Landrum facility produces high-end, woven contract commercial carpeting for both domestic and international customers. The plant also manufactures aviation carpet for both domestic and international airlines.
The Sanford-Bigelow carpet company built the Landrum facility in 1953 and maintained operations there until Fieldcrest Cannon acquired the company in 1986 and merged with its Karastan division. In 1993, Mohawk acquired Karastan-Bigelow from Fieldcrest Cannon.
Today, the Landrum team is part of Mohawk’s global workforce of more than 31,000, with around 1,150 employees in South Carolina at manufacturing sites in Landrum and Bennettsville as well as a distribution center in Orangeburg.
The partnership between Mohawk Industries and Spartanburg County spans more than 60 years, said David Britt, chairman of the Economic Recruitment Committee of Spartanburg County Council.
The company has an average tenure of 15 years, he said. “We welcome the opportunities the next 60 years will present.”
With operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Russia and the United States, Mohawk has grown its business profile into a global manufacturer over the last decade.
Currently, the flooring company produces carpet, carpet cushion, rugs, ceramic tile, and laminate and hardwood flooring, and expects to begin hiring for the new positions once the first phase of the upgrade is completed.