LaGrange, GA, August 31--Long-time Interface Flooring Systems associate and current Senior Vice President of Operations David Hobbs will become president of Interface Flooring Systems. Hobbs will assume the presidency of the Troup County, Ga. carpet manufacturer effectively immediately.
Hobbs replaces John Wells, Interface Americas president, as president of Interface Flooring Systems, a dual role Wells has been serving in since 2002. "Since that time, we have witnessed more than 20 percent growth within Interface Americas as a whole each year now for several years, and this growth brings new challenges and opportunities," Wells said.
"Under David’s leadership, Interface Flooring Systems has made great progress in recent years in making our manufacturing operations more productive, cost effective and sustainable,” said Wells. "I am confident that he will continue to grow our modular business and prepare us for future growth. David’s promotion to president of IFS will allow me to focus more on the strategic operations and direction for all of Interface Americas companies and the many opportunities we are now seeing in the marketplace."
Hobbs has been serving as senior vice president of operations since May 2003. He joined Interface as a second shift tile line supervisor in 1984 and has held a number of positions at Interface, including warehouse manager, planning manager, director of planning and customer service, director of materials management, vice president of planning and purchasing and vice president of operations.
Hobbs takes the helm of IFS during an expansion phase this year in Troup County.
Over the past three years, the LaGrange based company has grown its production business by double digits and expects growth to continue in 2005.
Over the next six months, IFS is looking to add more than 50 employees in manufacturing alone. To accommodate this growth, Interface is seeking to purchase another facility in LaGrange to house equipment and people for some of its manufacturing and warehouse operations.
The yet-to-be announced site to house additional operations in LaGrange will complement existing manufacturing facilities in Troup County located in the LaGrange Industrial Park and in West Point.