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INVESTING IN MANUFACTURING COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP (IMCP)NORTHWEST GEORGIA REGIONKey Technology and Supply Chain AnalysisIMCP SummitOctober 30, 2014

Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute withThe Northwest Georgia Regional Commission

Image: Kathy Lohr/NPR

Image: Shaw Industries

Image: www.mmn.comSlide2

OverviewAbout Northwest GeorgiaKTS: What Is “Floor Covering”?

History of the Floor Covering Industry in DaltonInnovation and the Future of Floor Covering

Image:

FloorTekSlide3

863,217 pop. (15 counties)9.5% Latino (Whitfield County 32% Latino)75% high school graduation rate1,107 manufacturing firms, 60k manufacturing workers (25% of regional employment)

WHITFIELD

Northwest Georgia: Fast Facts

Dalton, GA (industry locus)Slide4

32,801

employees (2012

)

47% of the U.S. exports of carpets and other textile floor coverings originate in Georgia80% of US carpet and rug market

Multiple large and medium-sized players

13.6% of total employment in Northwest Georgia (2012)

Floorcovering Industry ProfileSlide5

The NWGA region

has an

established advantage

in floor covering

Right ingredients for

growth

in manufacturing

and

the

industry

Stagnant clusters

can be accelerated

Best practices

RESULTS

!

 

Collaboration

between university/technical colleges and

industry

Industry-specific

degree

programs

Co-location

of equipment/R&D/entrepreneurs/growing

companies

State support

Advanced Manufacturing Strategy (Sept.2013 – Sept. 2014)

Key Findings for Implementation (September 2014 – Present)

IMCP Phase 1 Highlights Slide6

KTS: What is Floor Covering? Slide7

KTS: What is Floor Covering? Slide8

YearEvent1791First woven carpet mill in PhiladelphiaEarly 1900sDalton’s Catherine Evans Whitener developed tufting for bedspreads

Early 1930sCottage industries around Dalton for hand tufting for bedspreadsLate 1930sFirst mechanized tufting machine (chenille)

194199% bedspreads machine tufted

1940s-1970Bedspread alley from Dalton to Cartersville1950s

Use of man-made fibersShift to carpetsJ&T Industries founded (a merger of UGA-GT graduates)1963

Over $1 billion of carpet and rug products sold. Mohawk Carpet Mills moves to Georgia (acquired Aladdin, others)1967-68

Shaw acquired Philadelphia Carpet Company, Star Finishing (sold to Berkshire Hathaway in 2001)1970sPlain tufted carpet shifted to sculpted carpet1978Beaulieu founded (Belgium acquisition of bankrupt Barwick Carpets)

Source: Carpet and Rug Institute, selected company websites

History of the Floor Covering ClusterSlide9

Origins in Manual Tufting…

History of the Floor Covering Cluster

Photo Courtesy of the New Georgia EncyclopediaSlide10

History of the Floor Covering Cluster

Mechanized Tufting Process of Yesterday…

Photos Courtesy of the New Georgia Encyclopedia and Shaw IndustriesSlide11

History of the Floor Covering Cluster

Modern Textile Manufacturing

Photo Courtesy of NPRSlide12

History of the Floor Covering Cluster

Modern Textile ManufacturingSlide13

History of the Floor Covering Cluster

Industry Diversification…

Modular Carpet Tile

Luxury Vinyl Tile

Laminate

CeramicSlide14

“When you are being asked to make the business case for sustainability - perhaps ask them to make the business case for being un-sustainable.”- Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman Interface Flooring

Innovation in the IndustrySlide15

Floor Covering Cluster SWOTStrengthsRapid response to new markets, products, and economic trendsAdequate access to capital, low debt, local contractionWeaknessesSkilled labor shortageLack of research institution connectionSome lack of state recognition/support (an “it will always be there” mentality)OpportunitiesCreation of an innovation-driven regional culture (i.e.,

startups, entrepreneurs)Up-training/re-training of ready workforce that “knows” the industryThreatsCompetitiveness more than sharing among the major players; increased global competitionConsolidation rather than

entrepreneurship Lack of STEM education and recognition of manufacturing as a viable career choiceSlide16

Ideas for the Future

S-FLOR

(IMCP)Slide17

IMCP PartnersSlide18

IMCP Partners – Research + Education PartnersSlide19

Northwest Georgia Workforce Investment Board

IMCP Partners –

Public Sector PartnersSlide20

IMCP Partners –

Industry Partners

(Manufacturers + Suppliers)Slide21

IMCP Partners

Industry Associations + Other PartnersSlide22

Thank You!Questions?Leigh Hopkins, AICPProject Manager404-894-0933

leigh.hopkins@innovate.gatech.eduNorthwest Georgia Advanced Manufacturing Strategy page:http://www.nwgrc.org/category/northwest-georgia-regional-manufacturing-strategy

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