ROANOKE, Alabama — Mohawk Industries plans to introduce yarn production at its Roanoke manufacturing facility, creating 130 jobs in the Randolph County community and expanding the company’s investment in the region.
“Our yarn facilities are very important, as they start our carpet manufacturing process,” Todd Shail, Mohawk’s senior vice president of manufacturing, said in an announcement. “When we decided to expand our yarn production to help meet customer demand, our Roanoke location was the perfect choice because of the talented workforce here and in the surrounding counties.
“We’re thrilled to be expanding and creating new jobs and opportunities in this community,” Shail added.
Originally a carpet backing operation, the Roanoke facility will now house yarn conversion operations, as well. In total, the location will employ approximately 300 people once the new positions are filled.
“I’m proud of our relationship with this community and proud that Mohawk has recognized that this is a great place to continue to invest our resources,” Plant Manager Donald Hendrix said.
“We have a great team here already, and I look forward to welcoming new team members to our organization as we grow.”
Bryant Whaley, executive director of the Randolph County Economic Development Authority, said Mohawk’s expansion is welcome news in the East Alabama community of around 6,000 residents.
“Mohawk has been invested in the City of Roanoke for many years. An expansion of this size shows the company’s confidence in our economy and workforce,” Whaley said. “I am very thankful for the opportunities this will bring to our area.”
Mohawk Human Resources Manager Deverick Williams said the Calhoun, Georgia-based Fortune 500 company, a global leader with some of the best-known brands in the flooring industry, plans several hiring events to meet with applicants.
Information on upcoming job fairs, as well as current openings, can be found on Facebook at Mohawk Industries Careers, he added.
“Mohawk’s growth plans are another example of the advantages offered in rural Alabama,” said Brenda Tuck, rural development manager for the Alabama Department of Commerce. “The larger regions in our state have been well known for a long time, and now the extensive activity that is abundant in our rural communities is being recognized.”
“Over 200 jobs are being created in Randolph County through these projects since August 2020,” he said. “Randolph County is not only a great place to live and raise a family, but it is also a great place to work.”