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Mohawk Industries to expand in Chattooga County

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -- A company that turns plastic bottles and containers into carpet fiber plans to expand in northwest Georgia, adding about 500 jobs in Summerville over five years.

Gov. Nathan Deal said Wednesday that Mohawk Industries is improving the efficiency of its recycling operation to produce more fiber.

The company's vice president of recycling, Mark Dye, said the initial phase of the expansion should be in operation next year. He said the improvements will result in new products for customers.

The state Department of Economic Development will provide the company with free training for the workers involved in the expansion.

Mohawk produces flooring products that include carpeting, rugs ceramic tile, stone, wood, laminate and vinyl. Deal's office said the company is among the leading recyclers of plastic bottles in North America.