Mohawk to Close Eden, North Carolina Carpet and Rug Mill
Eden, NC, March 5, 2021--Mohawk will close its Eden, North Carolina manufacturing facility, which traditionally made Karastan rugs, according to WRAL Tech Wire.
Mohawk filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the North Carolina Department of Commerce on March 3.
More than 100 employees will be impacted by the facility’s closure. Full shuttering of the union facility is expected April 23.
In 1928, Marshall Field established the Karastan brand and the Eden facility to manufacture rugs for his chain of department stores. Sales eventually expanded to other retailers as part of the Fieldcrest family of household products.
In 1986, Fieldcrest acquired carpet-maker Bigelow Sanford, who sold its rug and carpet business and the Karastan brand to Mohawk in 1993.
Despite the consolidation, Mohawk officials said they see a bright future locally and are glad to be part of the Eden community.
“Over the past 90 years, Eden’s legacy has been shaped by extraordinary people,” said Mohawk vice president for human services Rod Wedemeier. “The talent and dedication of our employees here are unsurpassed, with many spending their entire careers in Eden.”
In 2015, Mohawk expanded manufacturing at the Eden facility with new investments in commercial and aviation carpet. At that time, Mohawk increased the plant’s workforce and installed state-of-the-art equipment, creating the foundation for a strong commercial flooring facility that can meet growing demand for aviation carpet and add depth to Mohawk’s commercial carpet business.
In March 2019, Mohawk eliminated 32 positions at the Eden plant and announced that it would phase out finishing and fabrication departments as well.
And in August 2019, it announced that it would move Karastan rug production to northwest Georgia and transition the Eden plant to focus on plant high-end residential, commercial and aviation carpet.