Mohawk Industries which operates two plants in Chattooga County, is a Fortune 500 company again ranking one of 16 Georgia companies to rank in the Fortune 500.
While David Parker's early efforts were in construction, the young entrepreneur realized that to build a bigger, more multi-faceted company he needed to expand his operations. The field he chose was telecommunications. While enjoying the small town life in Chattooga County, he is operating Parker Systems and Parker FiberNet that keep him linked to customers around the world.
Georgia Trend's annual region-by-region look at Georgia's economy finds positive signs from all corners of the state.
Mike Proctor and Monty Daggett cooked up the first few batches of Old Mill Kettle Corn in a garage with one kettle and two pairs of hands -- meticulously popping, bagging and labeling everthing by hands. "We did two cases one night and thought we were doing really well," Daggett said with a laugh.
The company, located in Chickamauga, GA, is poised to double in size in the next year. Heartland® brands, a subsidiary of McKee Foods, will start distributing Old Mill Kettle Corn products to grocery and retail stores throughout the nation.
Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said "I am pleased that this native Walker County company continues to experience such good fortune. They have a great product that is enjoyed by so many people."
Lake Winnie is part of an increasingly rare breed these days. Jim Futrell, a historian with the National Amusement Park Historical Association, reports that there are only about two dozen family-owned and operated parks left in the United States. All provide what patrons here and elsewhere inevitably describe as good, clean family fun.
Inner City aquaponics in Rossville is in the process of an $80,000 expansion. "This is the first phase of our expansion, with the second phase planned for next summer," said Ryan Cox.
An industrial fiber manufacturer that considered shifting its North Georgia production to South Carolina is instead investing $3 million to upgrade its LaFayette, Georgia plant.
United Synthetics, Inc., on Georgia 193 just outside of LaFayette, Georgia is in the process of a $3 million expansion.
Syntec makes a variety of carpet products for nonconventional uses, including the marine, recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries. The company also provides yarn used for carpeting by the hospitality industry.
At a Tuesday afternoon news conference that attracted top Walker County officials, the once low-profile, family run business announced plans to hire 40 more workers alongside its 60 existing employees at the 271,000 square foot plant that previously housed the Blue Bird Corporation, the school bus factory that closed the location in 2010.
Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker County are all “Camera Ready” Counties!
Fort Oglethorpe was the fastest growing city in the area during the 2000-2009 decade with a 42.2% change in population.
A 10-County Region of Northwest Georgia is projected to grow by almost 500,000 people in the next 40 years.