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Lumpkin job fair may help former Mohawk employees

POSTED: May 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.
The executive director of the Lumpkin County Development Authority says a number of top employers have recognized the value of the skilled work force at the Mohawk Industries plant in Dahlonega.

Bruce Abraham said 47 exhibitors have signed up for a job fair this afternoon at the Lumpkin County Recreation Center.

"When the Mohawk closing happened, we had some response from other companies who were looking for this work force of experienced people that understands shift work and will show up," Abraham said.

Abraham said employers including Southwire, UPS, Kubota, Scientific Games, Ace Hardware and TRW Automotive are among those who have signed up for the fair.

In April, Mohawk announced that it would close the plant, known to locals as the Pine Tree plant, on June 6.

The announcement impacted all 366 workers at the plant.

"We did a specialized job fair just for the Mohawk employees," Abraham said, adding that Mohawk was allowing workers time from their jobs to visit the job fair.

There are estimates that half of the workers live outside Lumpkin County; however, some have been with the yarn plant through previous ownership with years of experience.

The plant, which opened in 1955, was the first industry in Dahlonega.

The facility now covers 15 acres with 375,000 square feet of manufacturing space.

Abraham said he has had limited interest in the building and real estate; however, Mohawk officials have said they would not discuss the future of the building until after it closes.

The plant had as many as 750 workers during its peak.

The plant produces yarns used in making carpets. Mohawk, a Calhoun company, is one of the largest carpet makers in the world.

The company has shuttered a number of North Georgia plants in the past year.



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