Mohawk Hosts Birthday Events for Karastan's 90th
Calhoun, GA, August 28, 2018-Mohawk celebrated the 90th birthday of Karastan, inviting employees and family members to visit the manufacturing facility on August 26 for plant tours, refreshments, photo opportunities and games.
The first Karastan rug flowed from the power loom at 2:00 p.m. on April 8, 1928 in Eden, North Carolina.
Marshall Field’s, a leading U.S. retailer at the time, commissioned a unique machine capable of recreating the detailed craftsmanship, vibrant colors and sumptuous feel of a hand-woven rug. These new, machine-made rugs rivaled their handmade counterparts, and their accessible luxury became the enduring hallmark of the Karastan brand.
In 1993, Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, acquired Karastan. Today, the company’s Eden facility produces not only the legendary Karastan rugs but also beautiful woven carpets for residential, commercial and aviation spaces.
This weekend the company honored the contributions of employees past and present with an open house celebration. Approximately 300 people joined in the festivities, celebrating the long history of the Eden location and the individuals who have contributed to its success over the past 90 years.
“I’ve had great-grandparents, grandparents and parents work here,” said electrical technician Don Hudgins. “I guess you could say I’m fourth generation. It’s just a testament to the product that we make and the team that we’ve been in business for 90 years.”
Mohawk Flooring North America president Brian Carson, Mohawk Group president and chief sustainability officer Michel Vermette, senior vice president of human resources Phil Brown, and vice president of commercial product development Jackie Dettmar attended the event to celebrate this milestone with employees. Eden Mayor Neville Hall and Mayor Pro-tem Jim Burnett toured the facility and met with employees during the open house.