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Mohawk purchases Bridgeport's Beaulieu fibre facility
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May '17
Courtesy: Beaulieu Fibres
Courtesy: Beaulieu Fibres
Mohawk Industries has acquired the former Beaulieu fibre facility in Bridgeport, Alabama, in a transaction that includes a commitment to preserve current jobs and grow employment in the community. The deal is meant to help Mohawk support the growing demand for its carpet and rug collections. The company anticipates increasing the plant's manufacturing capacity. 
 
Mohawk Industries is the world's largest flooring manufacturer with a complete line of products including carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl tile. Mohawk operates manufacturing facilities in 11 states and 15 countries, and the company's products are sold in more than 160 nations. The Fortune 500 manufacturing company reported sales of $9 billion in 2016. 
 
"To support the growing demand for its carpet and rug collections, Mohawk has purchased a fibre plant in Bridgeport, Alabama. We are impressed with the Bridgeport plant's team and manufacturing capabilities, and we look forward to growing the plant to produce innovative fibres into the future," said Brian Carson, president of Mohawk Flooring North America. 
 
Mohawk is investing significantly to modernise and upgrade the equipment and the building in the Jackson County city, according to the Alabama Department of Commerce. Mohawk has established its initial workforce with individuals already employed at the plant and is actively recruiting people to satisfy present staffing needs. The company anticipates increasing its Bridgeport workforce as ongoing investments expand the plant's manufacturing capacity. 
 
Jackson County officials said the revival of the fibre plant represents a major economic boon to Bridgeport, a community with a population of around 2,400. 
 
"We are excited to welcome Mohawk to Bridgeport. We are eager to work with them to make their move a success," Mayor Bubba Hughes said. 
 
In January, the Beaulieu Group announced plans to shut down most of the operations at the Bridgeport factory, where it extruded nylon, polyester and polypropylene fibres and provided heat set and cabling for fibres. The plant, open since 1987, was the city's second largest manufacturing employer. Beaulieu also launched a search for a buyer, and received a helping hand from local leaders and a host of economic development agencies. 
 
"This transaction by Mohawk, which supports employment growth in Jackson County, was facilitated by teamwork and a determination to find a new owner for a manufacturing facility that has been critical to the vitality of its community," said Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
 
Vince Perez, a project manager with the Alabama Department of Commerce, said Mohawk was in the market for a new fibre facility when Beaulieu put the Bridgeport plant up for sale. The deal allowed Mohawk to avoid a costly "greenfield" project while being able to invest in new technology and meet an internal timeline. Perez said Mohawk selected the Alabama project over a strong option in South Carolina. (SV)

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