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'Engineered Floors' possibly expanding, could bring 2000 jobs to Dalton

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- Dalton city leaders say they are confident a major floor manufacturer will make a big announcement on expanding its operations, adding thousands of jobs.

While they are not naming names, an Atlanta newspaper reported Monday that Engineered Floors may add as many as 2,000 jobs.

Retired Shaw Industries chief, Bob Shaw, formed Engineered Floors in 2009. It started in Calhoun then expanded to Dalton in 2011. A source close to the Shaw family tells Channel 3, a plan has been in the works for the past several months, for the company to expand yet again, adding a new product line.

"We're not sure exactly what it is. But I'm sure what it is, is another carpet manufacturer's expansion. We've had these over the last number of years. And a lot of it is expanding into totally new processes, a different way of making carpet," says Dalton Mayor David Pennington.

Pennington says carpet manufacturers expanding operations in Dalton is nothing new.

"We had a major expansion two years ago by one of the local manufacturers, built an entire new plant and employs almost 1,000 people at this plant, and it didn't generate this kind of buzz," says Pennington.

He is talking about Engineered Floors, which is rumored to be eyeing another expansion.

"No announcements have been made, and there's no signed agreements. But we are in a position today that we haven't been in, in the past four years," says Brian Anderson.

Anderson is president and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. He says as the housing market starts to rebound, so will Dalton. He says Dalton is on the 'short-list' for several major projects.

"We've got projects ranging from 100 jobs, to 1,000. They range from $10 million in capital investment to $400 million."

Anderson says it is not a matter of 'if' an announcement will be made, it is 'when.'

"When we are able to make an announcement that there's going to be a sized project like the one that's being rumored, I think it's that confidence or that moral booster that we've been looking for," says Anderson.

"I know plenty of people looking for jobs. I'm looking myself. The jobs they do got, they can't make the bills with it," says Micah Ingram.

For Ingram, it could be a shot at full-time employment.

"More money to pay the rent, car payments, bills. All the bills!"

"We know that when you go from not being on any list, to being short-listed on a regular basis, announcements are forthcoming," says Anderson.

Anderson says any big jobs announcement could come within the next few days to the end of the month.

The current unemployment rate in Dalton stands at 10.2 percent. He says if in fact there are 2,000 new jobs coming, it could drop that number by half a percentage point.

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