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Carpet Manufacturers

By Michael Hilton

Why are there so many carpet wholesalers in Dalton, GA?

One of the most common carpet questions we get at The Carpet Buyers Handbook is "Why is Dalton, GA the Carpet Capitol of the World?". Another common carpet question is 'Why are there so many carpet wholesalers in Dalton, GA?"

The questions are inter-related. Below is a listing of the major carpet manufacturers, and as you can see, many are located in the Dalton, GA area. Even many of the carpet manufacturers who are listed in California or New York or Pennsylvania have carpet manufacturing facilities located in Dalton, GA.

Dalton also is becoming a center for manufacturing of laminate flooring, hardwood flooring, area rugs, vinyl flooring, and ceramic tile, with many carpet manufacturers building or converting plants for the dedicated production of these flooring materials. Dalton has now become the flooring capital of the world.

The original reason for the carpet manufacturing being located in Dalton is truly an American-made Horatio Alger success story. The modern tufted carpet industry has been attributed to a "little old lady" from the Dalton area, Catherine Evans Whitener, who needed a little more milk and egg money than her chickens and cows could produce.

Mrs. Whitener began manufacturing hand-made chenille bedspreads, in which threaded loops were inserted into a blanket. These bedspreads began to take on beautiful colored patterns like peacocks, or floral patterns. You may remember these bedspreads on your grandmothers bedding. Eventually, Mrs. Whitener began to hire other women to help her with this growing enterprise and before she knew it, she had competitors. US Hwy 41 became a colorful menagerie of chenille bedspreads as travelers made the drive down Hwy 41 to Florida. Every clothesline held a bedspread and the highway was teeming with stop and go traffic.

While Mrs. Evans has been cited as the Mother of the Modern carpet industry, every child needs a father and Mr. V.D. Parrot is typically recognized as the father of industrial carpet production. The Parrot family owned the local utilities (water and electric) company. He recognized that Mrs. Whitener was on to something big and Mr. Parrot traveled throughout the Midwest searching for an inexpensive Natural gas contract to bring natural gas to the Dalton area.

Mr. Parrot negotiated a long-term contract for natural gas, and many thought this long-term commitment was a poor business decision. Many viewed the contract in the same manner as citizens of the Thomas Jefferson era, when the Louisiana purchase was made, or Seward's Icebox purchase of Alaska.

Mr. Parrot then went to work on building a State of the art water purification and delivery system. Mr. Parrot's vision provided carpet manufacturers with the ability to obtain a consistent water supply and natural gas to fire their dye boilers, and the rest is history.

The U.S. Carpet Industry has undergone an amazing transition from 100's of manufacturers to a relatively small number of very large producers. Similar to the U.S. Automotive Industry, in which there were numerous manufacturers initially, the U.S. carpet industry is now a mature industry and another Great American success story.

U.S. Carpet Manufacturer Directory

Atlas Carpet Mills Inc.
2200 Saybrook Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90040
Phone: (800) 372-6274
Fax: (323) 724-4526
www.atlascarpetmills.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet

Barrett Carpet Mills
P.O. Box 2045
2216 Abutment Road (30721)
Dalton, GA 30722-2045
Phone: (800) 241-4064
Fax: (706) 277-3250
www.barrettcarpet.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, antistatic treatments, custom carpet, graphics, modules, carpet tile, spike proof carpet, attached-cushion

Beaulieu Group, LLC
1502 Coronet Drive
P O Box 1248
Dalton, GA 30722
Phone: (800)227-7211
Fax: (706)226-7211
www.beaulieu-usa.com
products: residential carpet, commercial carpet

Bloomsburg Carpet Industries, Inc.
49 West 23rd Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Phone: (800) 233-8773
Fax: (212) 688-9218
www.bloomsburgcarpet.com
products: axminster carpet, wilton carpet, woven carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, aircraft carpet, antistatic treatments, wall coverings, custom carpet

Blue Ridge Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 507
100 Progress Road
Ellijay, GA 30540
Phone: (800) 241-5945
Fax: (706) 276-2005
www.blueridgecarpet.com
products: commercial carpet, tufted carpet, reuse/recycle

Burtco Enterprises, Inc.
P.O. Box 2063
441 Virgil Drive
Dalton, GA 30721
Phone: (800) 241-4019
Fax: (706) 226-4318
www.burtcocarpet.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, graphics, printing, borders, computer graphics, spike proof carpet, commission tufting

C & A Floorcoverings, Inc.
P. O. Box 1447
311 Smith Industrial Blvd
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (800) 241-4902
Fax: (706) 259-2610
www.powerbond.com
products: commercial carpet, broadloom carpet, six foot roll, module, reuse/recycle, carpet tile

Constantine/Product Concepts
P.O. Box 2399
525 Callahan Road (30721)
Dalton, GA 30722-2399
Phone: (800) 308-4344
Fax: (706) 278-6892
www.constantine-carpet.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, graphics, accent/area/scatter rugs, room-size rugs, area rugs

Creston Carpet Mills LLC
P. O. Box 1404
1546 Highway 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone: (800) 899-7776
Fax: (706) 695-2251
products: residential carpet

Daltonian Flooring Inc.
205 Keen Drive
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (800) 788-1408
Fax: (706) 226-9896
www.daltonian.com
products: needlepunch carpet, wilton carpet, woven carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, outdoor carpet (non-athletic), spike proof carpet, modules, carpet padding, carpet tile

Dixie Group, Inc., The
P.O. Box 25107
345 B Nowlin Lane
Chattanooga, TN 37422
Phone: 800 241 4211
Fax: (423) 493-7450
www.thedixiegroup.com
products: tufted carpet, knitted carpet, needle punch carpet, residential carpet, commercial carpet, exhibition carpet, garage, juvenile, kitchen, manufactured housing, modules, outdoor athletic, outdoor non-athletic, patterned carpet, recreational vehicle carpet, six-foot

Fortune Commercial, Inc.
P.O. Box 2287
303 Tuftco Drive
Dalton, GA 30722
Phone: (800) 359-4508
Fax: (706) 279-3668
www.fortunecarpet.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet

Interface Flooring Systems
1503 Orchard Hill Road
LaGrange, GA 30241
Phone: (800) 336-0225 x6511
Fax: (706) 884-5660
www.interfaceflooring.com
products: commercial modular flooring products, carpet tile

J & J Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 1287
818 J & J Drive (30721)
Dalton, GA 30722-1287
Phone: (800) 241-4585
Fax: (706) 275-4433
www.jjindustries.com
products: chemicals, tufted carpet, commercial carpet, antistatic treatments, graphics, spike proof carpet, carpet padding

Langhorne Carpet Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 7175
201 West Lincoln Highway 19047-5199
Penndel, PA 19047-7175
Phone: (215) 757-5155
Fax: (215) 757-2212
www.langhornecarpets.com
products: wilton carpet, woven carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet

Mannington Carpets, Inc.
P.O. Box 12281
1844 US Highway 41, SE
Calhoun, GA 30703-2281
Phone: (800) 241-2262
Fax: (706) 629-2365
www.mannington.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, antistatic treatments, graphics, module, spike proof carpet, custom carpets, carpet tile, carpet padding

Merida Meridian, Inc.
643 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (800) 345-2200
Fax: (617) 464-5417
www.meridameridian.com
products: woven carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, woven rugs, accent/area/scatter rugs, room-size rugs, area rugs

Milliken Carpet
P.O. Box 2956
201 Lukken Industrial Drive West (30240)
LaGrange, GA 30241
Phone: (800) 241-4826
Fax: (706) 880-5570
www.millikencarpet.com
products: commercial carpet, residential carpet, module, tufted carpet, borders, carpet padding, patterned carpet, recycle/reuse, sample service, hardwood flooring, custom carpet, area rugs, accent/area/scatter rugs, wool, chemicals, six-foot, pattern

Mohawk Industries, Inc.
P.O. Box 12069
160 South Industrial Blvd (30701)
Calhoun, GA 30703
Phone: (800) 622 6227
Fax: (706) 602-0278
www.mohawkind.com
products: knitted, wilton, tufted, woven, commercial, residential, aircraft, borders, graphics, spike proof carpet, custom, room-size rugs, back coating, back coating chemical, backing fabrics, dyestuff, carpet padding

Northwest Carpets, Inc.
3358 Carpet Capital Drive
Dalton, GA 30720
Phone: (800) 367-2508
Fax: (706) 259-9014
www.northwestcarpets.net
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, hospitality carpet, hotel motel carpet computer graphics, custom carpet, cove base, carpet padding

Roya Manufacturing & Supply, Canada
240 Broadway #18
Toronta, Ontario M4P 1V9
Phone: 001-416-932-1173
Fax: 001-416-932-3872
www.royacanadainc.com
products: Commercial carpet tile manufacturer

Royalty Carpet Mills / Camelot Carpet Mills, Inc.
17111 Red Hill Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: (800) 854-8331
Fax: (949) 553-8238
www.royaltycarpetmills.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, graphics, spike proof carpet, custom carpet, tufted area rugs

Shaw Industries, Inc.
P.O. Drawer 2128
616 East Walnut Avenue (30721)
Dalton, GA 30722-2128
Phone: (800) 441 7429
www.shawfloors.com
products: residential carpet, commercial carpet, tufted carpet, woven carpet, garage carpet, kitchen carpet, mobile home carpet, modules, carpet tile, spike proof carpet, custom carpet, tufted rugs, woven rugs, room size rugs, novelty rugs, area rugs, carpet padding

Tai Ping Carpets Americas, Inc.
715 Curtis Parkway SE
Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: (800) 433-2440
Fax: (706) 625-8719
www.taipingusa.com
products: axminster carpet, wilton carpet, woven carpet, commercial carpet, custom carpet, yarn production

Tapis Venture Carpets, Ltd.
1600 Janelle Street
Drummondville Quebec, CANADA, J2C 3E5
Phone: (819) 477-4117
Fax: (819) 477-8229
www.venturecarpets.com
products: tufted carpet, commercial carpet, residential carpet, commission tufting, carpet dyeing and finish services

About the Author
Michael Hilton was the original creator of Carpet Buyers Handbook. Having owned and operated a carpet wholesale company, Hilton has a vast knowledge about all-things carpet related as well as other types of flooring.

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