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LISTS

BEDSPREAD, RUG, AND CARPET MANUFACTURING IN MURRAY COUNTY

Bobby Mosteller and Carlton McDaniel have created the following list of companies that have been part of the history of the bedspread, rug and carpet industry in Murray County. They spoke with countless people who have worked in the industry and consulted a wide variety of printed sources including business directories, telephone directories, industry publications, even vintage advertisements.

We are publishing their current list in the museum to solicit additional information and to permit museum visitors to offer corrections and/or additions to the list. Many of the listings now consist of only a company name–people who can provide information about the company's founders, location, and fate are urged to contact Bobby Mosteller, email: mossy@alltel.net We will update the list as feedback volume warrants updates. Please contribute whatever information you can in order to make this list historically significant for future generations!

Name of Company, Location, Founded by,
and Whatever else is known

AAA Loopers. Clarence Rogers, to make parts for the tufting machines in Chatsworth.

Advance Tufting. Duvall Road, Chatsworth.

Aladco Carpet Inc. Amos Ladd Keith, in Eton.

Altron Yarn, Inc.

American National Carpet.

Armstrong Industries acquired E & B Carpet Mills, Inc. E & B started their backward integration into spinning their yarn in Chatsworth in the new Industrial Park, Fort Mountain Spinners.

Atlas Industries, Inc.

BDR Loopers & Clips.

B & L Tufters.

Badger Industries. Larry Baggett & Johnny Waters in Chatsworth. Larry is the operating manager.

Bates Carpet.

Beaulieu Of America Inc.

The Francis De Clerck family from Belgium wanted to expand their European operation to America, A son in law, Carl Bouckaert and daughter, Mickey moved to Dalton with their family. They purchased the old Barwick plant in Dalton and began operations. Their first acquisition in Murray County was D & W Carpet on Smyrna Road and Eton.

The Eton facility was expanded with additional tufting and finishing plant on the east side of hwy.411 and a huge distribution center on the west side of 411. The old Johns Manville plant on 225 was acquired by Beaulieu and their contract carpet division was in this facility. In 2007 this is the third largest carpet manufacturing company in America.

Best Carpet, Neil Walls.

Better Backers. Jackie Jones, who was plant manager at Galaxy Carpet Mills, resigned to form a new commission tufting company, Today's Tufters on Second Avenue in Chatsworth. He had the foresight to expand into commercial coating (installing the secondary backing, which gives stability to carpet). This facility was located on Hwy 76 west of Chatsworth. The smaller mills in Murray County sent their carpet to Dalton to the commission dye houses. In1984 land was purchased from Harlan Peeples south of Chatsworth on Hwy 411 and the first commercial carpet dye house in Murray County was built and began operating. Jackie closed down his first venture, Today's Tufter's in 1986. Ken Lively, another Murray County native, joined the company and purchased stock in the company.

Betty's Rugs & Rems.

Bob's Carpet.

Boyles Custom Rug, established in Chatsworth in 1951

Bretlin Needlebond. Raymond Long, on highway 76 west of Gladden Springs. Was acquired by Bealieu.

Buff's Carpet.

Burlington Industries, with headquarters in Virginia, established a tufting plant on Hwy. 225 South of Spring Place.

C & J Tufting.

Candlewick Yarns. This company supplied cotton thread for making bedspreads in the early years. The Chatsworth spinning plant was built by Benny Frost in 1968, who had been a plant manager at one of Candlewicks plants and just before going into production he sold this facility to his former employer and was hired back to be plant manager. The plant was later acquired from Dixie, the parent company of Candlewick Yarns, by Shaw Industries.

Cannon Carpet Sales.

Cardigan Sales.

Caradon Industries. Established in 1972, in the Industrial Park in Chatsworth.

Carpet Craft Inc. Dave Hudgins.

Carpet & Rugs of America.

Carpet & Rug Backing Supplies, Inc.

Carpeton Carpet Mills. Roy (Bud) Black in Eton 1970, purchased by Joe Don & Carolyn Butler (sister to Bud) in 1974. After a divorce Joe got the farms and Carolyn got the company. She sold Carpeton in 2005.

Cascade Carpet, Dick Barnes in 1970 . This company began in the old Ross-Tex plant in Tennga as a commission tufting operation. Dick discontinued tufting and began distribution of carpet in Eton.

Cedar Carpets Chatsworth.

Central Carpets. Jimmy Richards.

Challenger Carpet Mills. Ronny Chadwick.

Champion Carpet Mills. Paul Peeples, Chatsworth.

Chatsworth Carpet and Rug. Pete Calfee, in Chatsworth 1966.

Chatsworth Tufting Machinery. Old Ellijay Road, Chatsworth.

Charu Carpets.

Chase Carpet & Rug.

Chateau Carpet.

Chesterfield.

Chief Van Carpets. Raymond Long, Jimmy Silvers & W G Scott.

Classic Carpet Mills.

Cohutta Industries, Inc.

Cohutta Warpers. Fred Pritchett, Duvall Road, Chatsworth,

Color Craft Carpets,

Corvette Carpet & Rug Mills, Donald Reed, Old Federal Road

South, Chatsworth,

Country Carpet,

Cozy Carpet, Neil Walls,

Creative Carpets,

Creative Tufters,

Crown Chenille Manufacturing Company, Founded in May 1941 by Sidney L. Quitman, of Philadelphia; Sidney Milan, of New York, and Glenn Boyd, of Dalton. They began manufacturing bedspreads with Glenn Boyd, General Manager, Jack Lumiere, Plant Manager and Sid Milam, Sales Manager in Chatsworth where they leased the M. D. Jefferson warehouse on Fourth Avenue. Bath mat sets, scatter rugs and tufted house coats was manufactured later. They began manufacturing bedspreads, bath mats and scatter rugs, with about 100 employees in the old Jefferson building in Chatsworth. A number of Chatsworth business men contributed to the cost of remodeling the building in order to get the plant located here. (Chatsworth Times May 22, 1941 Issue). As they grew they moved across the street (2nd Ave) into the building where Tatum Hardware had been, later on in the 60's they expanded into the Westfield building, (formerly the Quarles & Westfield Dept. Store and grocery). They built a building north of the Tatum building for a laundry and began operation in the early sixties. The company was sold to Irvin Ostew, who owned Janey Jo in Calhoun. Crown needed to expand, but had no where to go. With the threat of moving to Calhoun the city of Chatsworth closed a part of 1st Avenue and sold Crown the land where the city park was so they could expand and keep Crown Chenille in Chatsworth. In the late 70's Phil Bernstein acquired the company from Irvin Ostew. At the height of their business they employed around 350 people. Mary Butler Robinson (her father was sheriff of Murray County at one time) began working for Crown shortly after the company was formed and worked herself up through the management and became Vice President of Manufacturing. She retired in 1976. Crown Janey Jo went public in the 90's and was acquired by Mohawk Industries. The old Crown Manufacturing equipment has been moved to Calhoun and no longer operates in Murray County, the buildings are used as warehousing by Mohawk. (information about Crown Chenille was given by Mary Robinson). Crown operated in Chatsworth from 1941 to 1985, manufacturing bedspreads, rugs, bath mat sets, chenille robes, they never expanded into carpet.

Crusader Carpet Mills, Charlie Richards, Tom Turner, Charles Bearden, Robert Nehrenz & Carlton McDaniel,

Crystal Springs Carpet. Inc.

Cumberland Carpet Mills

Founded in 1972 by Robert L. McEntire, Dan L. McEntire and Luther Smith and began operations on Duvall Road Chatsworth in 10,000 sq. ft. of space leased from Fred Pritchett. Their product line was 3 1/10 gauge level loop space dyed styles. One was called peter which sold big. A 22,500 sq ft building was constructed in Eton where the operation moved into in 1973. The floor space was doubled in 1974 and an 80,000 sq. ft. addition was made in 1976. Their distribution was through agents. In 1976 Cumberland acquired a nylon space dyeing facility from Jolly Textile in Dalton. Shortly after a printing operation was acquired in Calhoun. In 1978 Bobby acquired 50% interest in Executive Carpet from Don Cole mainly for the need for a finishing oven to serve Cumberland needs. In 1980 Cumberland acquired 100% of Executive and added 400,000 sq. ft. of floor space. Ed Ralston had purchased the Eton manufacturing building and the entire Cumberland operation moved to Duval Road in Chatsworth. The Cumberland styles were sold through agents and the Executive line was sold to distributors. In 1985, after distributor sales diminished Executive was phased out. Cumberland began hiring a national sales force to sell direct to the retailer.

In 1987 Cumberland was sold to George Lacroix, a Canadian who owned Soreltex in Montreal. Cumberland sales was $55 million in carpet sales at the time. Terms of the sale was not completed and in 1992 Robert L. McEntire took control of the company and put it on the block for sale. The company was sold to Queen Carpet Mills Inc. Julian Saul President, in September 1992. The carpet sales were $60 million. Queen Carpet was acquired by Shaw Industries.

D & D Carpet.

D & R Carpets.

D & W Carpet & Rug Inc. Ermil Davis and Ed Winkler in 1969, south of Chatsworth on the Brown Bridge Road. After the initial start with one pass machine, Ed Winkler invested in the business and a broadloom machine was acquired. Raymond Davis bought Walter's interest and Willard Davis bought Ed Winkler's interest. Ermil, Raymond and Willard Davis sold this commission tufting operation in 1973 to Ed Ralston. Tufting machines were added in the Eton building Ed had acquired from Cumberland in Eton. The equipment in the Brown Bridge facility was moved to Eton and this building was used as a warehouse. The company was sold to Bealieu of America. The Eton manufacturing facility was expanded and a big distribution center was added across hwy 411 on the west side.

DWB Carpet Holdings.

Da-Co Industries.

Delta Finishing, Inc.

Diamond Carpet Mills. Ed Weaver and Richard Jones were the founders. Shortly after operation began in Eton, Richard sold his interest to Ed in 1970. By 1983 Diamond was the second largest privately owned (many had gone public) carpet mill in America. The business included four plants totaling one million square feet of floor space located on 300 acres from Eton to Chatsworth and Calhoun. Diamond had tufting, dyeing and finishing as well as yarn facilities in Murray County and tufting and dyeing in Calhoun. This company had a national sales force, as well as international distribution. After Ed's death the company was sold to Mohawk Industries. The company sales were approximately 250 million dollars with a total of 2,800 employees, per Ron Moreland, a stock holder and officer in the company at this time.

Divine Carpets.

Dixie Craft Carpet Mills, Inc. Robert Ellis, in Chatsworth in 1968.

Dooley Carpet and Rug. John Dooley.

Dorsett Carpet Mills. Stan Goodroe, GI Maddox Park Way, Chatsworth. The company sold to Whitecrest and later sold to Sunrise Carpet, Johnny West. Sunrise was later sold to World Carpet Mills and Mohawk acquired World.

Double S Carpet.

E & S Carpet.

Eagle Carpets.

Eagle Parts & Machinery. William and Shirley Russell, founders.

Earth Carpet Mills. Roy (Bud) Black, Eton - sold to Dan McEntire, the name was changed to Supreme Carpet Mill. They manufactured commercial carpet.

Ed's Carpet.

Emerald Rug Co. Fullers Chapel Road.

Eton Carpet Mills. Hal Mosteller & Robert Ellis, in Eton. Hoyl Lents bought Robert's interest and later purchased Len-Dal Carpet and merged Eton Carpet into Len-Dal.

Executive Carpet Mills. Don Cole. Duvall Road Chatsworth. Sold to Robert (Bobby) L. McEntire and Dave Huggins in 1978. Bobby was a major stock holder in Cumberland and the major reason for this acquisition was for the finishing capability of this company. In 1980 Cumberland acquired all the assets of Executive and the manufacturing in Eton was moved into this facility.

Explorer Carpet Mills. Bruce and Tommy Kendrick and Jim Rich. Hwy 411 North, Chatsworth.

Five Star Finishing Corp. David Bartley, Bobby Ray Jones, Marshall and Michael Jones and Nate Ware, sold to Shelby Peeples.

Flagship Carpets Inc. Nelda (Calfee) Parker. Nelda followed in the footsteps of her father, Pete Calfee. Nelda flew her own plane and lost her life in an airplane crash. Her family sold the company.

Fort Mountain Spinners, A division of E & B Carpet, began operations in 1965 with the help of Rollings Jolly. Tom Craig was general manager and O L Waters was plant manager. In the mid 80's E&B was acquired by Armstrong and in the early 90's Shaw Industries acquired the carpet division of Armstrong Cork.

Fort Mountain Tufters, J C Robinson & George Dedmon, who also owned Southeastern, both companies were located in the Industrial Park and both companies were acquired by Galaxy Carpet, as they needed the land for expansion. Fort Mountain was on the east side and South Eastern was on the west side of the Galaxy property. Galaxy eventually acquired both companies and properties.

Fortune Industries, Inc.

Francine Chenille. Jack Lumiere in the mid 40's, Jack later joined Crown Chenille.

G & F Carpets. Ivan Franklin, North of Eton on Hwy 411.

Galaxy Carpet Mills, Inc. Founded in1968 by lrv Harvey, lrv Pomeranlz, Charles Bramlett and Bobby Mosteller; all former employees of E & B Carpet Mills. The company went public in 1972 and sold to Peerless Carpet mills of Canada in 1989 (sales were $285 million), who sold to Mohawk Industries.

On the occasion of their 10th anniversary Galaxy Carpets founders wrote the following about the founding of their company.

    "Galaxy . . . was founded by the four of us who had a dream about owning our own company (we flipped a coin and Harvey lost, so he became President) . . . Galaxy was incorporated ... on April 11, 1968, and we introduced our first line at the June Market that year in Chicago. ... the entire story [of Galaxy) is kept in a series of scrapbooks . , . there is a great deal ... to relate . . . Like our first Board meeting at Wilson's General Store in Tennga, Georgia, with the four of us sitting on orange crates eating bologna and cheese sandwiches, LIKE the 67 rolls of carpet we sold at the first Market (half of which we believe were later cancelled and almost caused us to slit our throats). LIKE buying out one of our original partners before we might have thrown him out of the 13th floor window of the Merchandise Mart, because he wanted us to sell his retail stores at cost. LIKE the completion of our original 32,00 square foot plant in January of 1969. LIKE being a breath away from going broke later that year until Pornerantz and Harvey got off their fannies and went out and sold some rolls. LIKE going public in 1972-a thrill that comes once in a lifetime. LIKE the confidence that Mr. Frank Cole of Walter E. Heller had in us to loan !-! us the funds with which to grow in the early years. LIKE the confidence that four other individuals (three of them brothers and one a big left-handed hitter from the East) had in our new little company shortly after it began-to invest a substantial , amount of money in its future. LIKE all the great carpets that got us to where we are: Spaceway, Lightening, Caravel, Tranquility, Serenity, Skyway, Waikiki, Crescendo, Wildcat, Innovation, Wind Song, Vista, and even Polly and Esther which were two of our very first carpets, named that way because no one would sell us Polyester yarn, and so many others. LIKE Bobby and Charlie staying up all Saturday night before the Sunday opening that June of 1968 to complete our samples-how many times that has happened since!! LIKE all the expansions over the years (we should have opened our own construction company at the very beginning). LIKE all the thrills of large orders, and the traumas and heartaches they often caused also. LIKE the opening of new warehouses and showrooms which now blanket these entire United States. LIKE selling our first order overseas. LIKE receiving our first order overseas back! LIKE opening our own dye house, and then our own heat set plant, and then acquiring our own spinning mill. LIKE all the wonderful laughs we had together, from the very first day till now, during good times and bad. The bad never seemed to interfere with our senses of humor (and thank God for that, since surely it was all that kept us going at times).

    And last, but most important, LIKE all the wonderful people who have contributed so greatly to the success of this company, many of whom are still with us, and some of whom have left us for one reason or another (and especially the five besides ourselves who have been with us since year one). To all of them and all of you belongs the real success of Galaxy, and we are forever grateful.

Galaxy donated generously to civic and community projects in Murray County.

Georgia Carpet Finishers. A commission finishing company on Lowey Drive, Chatsworth.

Goodlin Carpet Mills, Inc.

Grace Rug Company. Chatsworth, founded 1952.

Grass More. Raymond Long, Green Road, Chatsworth.

Greenfield Carpet. Paul Peeples and Marvin Crumbley, north of Eton.

H & B Tufters. Larry O'Dell.

HRH Rug Company. Gene Humphrey.

Highland Carpet Mills. Gene Gilreath & Al Thomas, founded in 1969, Green Road, Chatsworth.

Howard Carpet Mills. Howard Stein in 1971 on Lowey Drive, Chatsworth and a plant in Eton; sold to Shaw Industries.

Ideal Tufters. Chatsworth.

Incredible Sample Company. Ted Townsend & Ron Scott.

Indian Springs Carpet. Raymond Long, Spring Place.

Instant Turf.

J & H Carpet. Jimmy (Jim) & Hubert Davis, Eton.

J & M Sales.

J. M. G. Carpets.

Jasue Carpet.

Jefferson Industries. Eton.

Johns-Manville Carpet.

Jones Enterprises Inc., Jessie Jones.

K& K Tufters.

Kassell Carpet & Yarn Sales.

Kelly Group, Inc.

Kenco Mills.

Kendrick Carpet, Inc. T C, Veda, Tommy & Bruce Kendrick, 1972, Duvall Road, Chatsworth.

Keropi Carpet. T C Kendrick, Tarver Robinson & Victor Pierce, 1969. Green Road, Chatsworth.

King's Tuft Inc., Gregg Springfield & Larry Owens, Hwy 411, Chatsworth.

Lanas Carpet. Charlie Weaver, Eton.

Lakeview Carpet. Eton.

Laurel Carpets.

LeHigh Portland Cement Co., of Allentown, Pennsylvania, purchased Trinity Carpets Inc. and Crusader Carpets Inc.

Landmark Carpet Mills. Carl Whaley & Gene Adamson, Chatsworth.

Len-Dal Carpet. Hoyl Lents, Marvin Adams and Robert (Bobby) L. McEntire; Eton, across the road from the old Keith cotton gin. A building was constructed and the operation moved north on hwy 411 on the east side of the road. These three are related and there was a family problem. Hoyl sold to Marvin and Bobby in 1971. Marvin later acquired Bobby's interest. Marvin operated the company for about a year and sold it back to Hoyl. Eton Carpet was merged into this company.

Lowe's Carpet Mill. Walter and Erwin Lowe, a commercial manufacturer, on Duvall Road, Chatsworth.

Lowy Enterprises, Carpet distributors, from St. Louis, Mo., set up their manufacturing on Lowey Drive, Chatsworth.

MP Carpets.

M & R Enterprises.

Magnolia Carpet Mills. Terry Dedmon & Gary Robinson.

Malibu Tufters. Fred Davis.

Majestic-Meridon Carpet Mills, purchased by Johns Manville, later purchased by Jim Walter Corporation; the facility located on 225 South of Spring Place, is now owned by Bealieu.

Mastercraft Carpet Mills.

McCarty Chenille. Frank & Fannie McCarty, began operations in 1940 in Chatsworth, making bedspreads, rugs and bath mats. The company moved to Dalton, Ga. in 1949. One hundred employees were working at that time and 99 went to Dalton. In 1950 the company was sold to Gene Barwick, a buyer for Sears Roebuck & Company. The name was changed to Barwick Industries. This company became the largest manufacturer of carpet and rugs in the world in the early 60'S. Bobby Mosteller worked for Frank McCarty at E & B Carpet Mills and Mr. McCarty told the following reason for his moving from Chatsworth. The products manufactured could only be shipped via Mason Dixon, RR, or the Post Office. George Murdock wanting Frank to go to Atlanta and support his new truck line to get rights to come into Murray Co., he did, but the Chatsworth Times editor, J Roy McGinty was at the hearing and testified Murray Co. didn't need another carrier, the petition was denied. Frank found a building and moved McCarty Chenille to Dalton.

McHampton Carpets, Inc.

Merit Industries.

Metal Crafters.

Mica Carpet Inc. Pete Calfee, Chatsworth, Ga. 1971.

Midwest & Southern Industries, Inc.

Mile Marker Carpet.

Miles Carpet Mills. Harold Miles, this plant was on Duvall Road and was sold to Sunrise Carpet.

Mohawk Industries, Inc., An old woven carpet manufacturer that has, through acquisition, become the second largest carpet manufacturer in the world, many of these plants are in Murray County.

Mountain View Chenille.

Murray Fabrics, Inc.

National Turf Mills.

North American Carpet.

Old Federal Rug.

Oran Carpet was named after a town that existed around 1900 near present-day Hardee's Restaurant, just north of Chatsworth.

P & L Enterprises.

Parrott's Carpet, Inc. Smith and Junior Parrott.

Parson Nicholson Carpet. Junior Parson.

Patton Carpet Sale., Cliff Patton.

PDQ Tuftens. Ricky Reed.

Pe-Co Enterprises, Inc. Paul Peeples.

Peeples Carpet Mills ,Inc. Julian Peeples.

Perfection Tufters.

Phase Four Rugs.

Pick & Pay Carpet, Sherman Wallace.

Playfield Industries. Chatsworth Industrial Park, 1971, specialized in outdoor carpet.

Precision Loopers. Gary Brock.

Prestige Finishers, Inc., Gene Mosteller & Richard Jones, a commission finisher located on Treadwell Road. Was sold to Fred Mayfield, who sold to Mohawk Carpet Mills Inc.

RGM Finishing Co., Chatsworth.

R & R Textiles. Reese Thomas, Eton.

R.E.M Textiles.

Red Barn Carpets, Robert Young.

Reed Tufting, Chatsworth.

Regal Carpets, Inc.

Reliable Carpets.

Riverside Carpets, Bull Pen District, founded and operated by the Green family.

Ross Chenille, Tennga. Bobby Mosteller interview ed Jack Dalton in April 2007 for his story about a pioneer family in Murray County and their part in the industry. Will Ross living in Tennga was a carpenter. He bought a building just north of the railroad bridge in Tennga on the left side of the road going north. Pete Cox operated a garage in the building. Mr. Ross began a stamping operation in the building. His first employees were Jack Dalton, Ralph Graves and his brother Luke Ross. They built cutting tables where they unrolled the sheeting and cut, with cutting knives which ran across the table in a track, into bedspread size. Next Edda Faye Talley and Lula Graves (Ralph's wife) would serge (done with a surging machine by looping yarn around the edges of the spread to keep from raveling) the spread, next it was taken over to the stamping table, where the sheeting was spread out and ice picks were put along the edges to keep it tight, then the pattern was stamped onto the sheeting. If the pattern had flowers in it and the spread was one color it was stamped with a blue stamping iron, then sent to the laundry. They used Crown Laundry in Dalton to wash and fluff the spreads. If the flowers had to be a different color, these flowers were stamped with a black stamping iron and this would not wash out when laundered, this way the ladies would know to use a different colored thread (yarn).

Mr. Will had an old Dodge pick up truck every Monday morning it was loaded down with folded bed spreads, yarn, needles (a tufting needle was straight, double fluff needle had a bend in the needle, referred to as the straight needle or the crooked needle) and scissors and they would distribute these spreads to the list of homes they kept on file, leaving the spreads, yarn and needles or scissors as needed, pick up the spreads the family had finished and pay for the work done.

In late 1949 they began production of housecoats by hand, Will's sons Howard and Bill had joined the company and another investor joined the company, Bill Williams. Howard was president of the company and they phased out all bedspreads. In 1950 they bought machines for tufting the house robe material, housecoats were now made with machines, Singer sewing machines which had been converted to sew about 18 inches wide. After tufting a roll of sheeting it was laid out on the cutting tables to be cut by a pattern, then sent to the laundry. If a different color was required the black stamping iron was used and the women would have to turf with a colored yarn by hand along the black pattern mark.

In 1952 Bill Williams was bought out and left the company. Howard entered the scatter rug business and phased out the house coats. They began selling under the Ross & Sons and Ross Tex labels. This allowed them to have different agents selling in the same city. Along about this time they had Bill Bradley built a new plant on the south side of the railroad bridge and moved the operation. They began putting in 9 foot wide broadloom machines and a coating operation was installed (for coating with latex the back of the rug material to hold the tufts in).

In 1952 Howard bought the first tractor trailer and Jack Dalton was given the job of driving the new rig. Ross Tex distribution in a short period of time included Sears, J. C. Penny and Payless Cash Way. The company was working as many as 300 people. L & N Railroad built a side track for Ross Tex to ship their product via rail car from Tennga. In the late 50's they began carpet production and a carpet coating machine (finishing oven) was installed. Later on a dye house was added. Three wells 300 ft. deep were drilled, but did not supply enough water. An 8 inch water line was run down the railroad right of way from the Conasauga River to the plant. They used two 500 HP pumps to pump the water into the reservoir holding pond. Howard purchased a Piper Cub and began flying to visit distributors then upgraded to a Twin Engine Cessna advancing to a Lear Jet in the latter years of their success. The company was sold to Vie Semitian from New York City. The company went bankrupt under his management. The Ross family obtained possession of the Ross Tex manufacturing facilities in Tennga again. They leased the tufting machines to Dick Barnes who operated as Cascade Carpet Mills Inc. Howard was in charge of the coating operation and Bill was manager of the dye house. They manufactured on a limited basis for select distributors also did manufacturing on a commission basis, they did work for other manufacturers. In 1968 two new companies began operations and used these facilities for their beginning, Galaxy Carpet Mills and Salem Carpet Mills, both became very successful in the industry. Jack, returning from St. Louis after delivering a load of carpet saw huge flames when he got to Cleveland in the direction of Tennga and the closer he got he knew it was the old Ross Tex plant on fire, it was totally destroyed. Both Howard and Bill remained in the industry but in Whitfield County.

Howard was called into the ministry and was a Baptist preacher and pastured several churches in Murray and Whitfield

S & H Carpet. Bobby & Shirley Saylors.

Saturn Carpet.

Shaw Industries, Headquartered in Dalton. Bob Shaw, CEO, through acquisition has become the largest carpet manufacturer in the world. Many of the acquired companies originated in Murray County

Sher-Walson Carpet Mills, W G Scott.

Sierra Samples.

Smith Carpets, James Smith, Bull Pen District.

Southeastern Carpet Mills, Inc. J. C. Robinson and George Dedmon, located in the Industrial Park in Chatsworth, Galaxy purchased this company, which adjoined their property.

Southern Carpet Industries.

Sterling Carpets, Inc. Ed Friedman, on GI Maddox Parkway.

Style Plus Carpet Mill.

Sunrise Carpet Mill, founded by Johnny West, Howard Padgett and Ed Winkler, in the back of the Brooks Insurance building in 1976. The three partners had been employed by Crusader Carpet. August of 1976 Ed Winkler's interest was bought out by Johnny and Howard. A 12,000 sq. ft. building was built for manufacturing south of Chatsworth on Hwy. 411. Ermil Davis bought a 1/3 rd. interest in the company. Sunrise continued a pattern of growth through acquisitions. Acquiring , Merit Carpet, a specialist in hospitality carpet, in 1980, Lakeview and Winchester in1982, Miles Carpet in 85. Ermil sold his interest in the mid 80's to John and Howard. Homeland Carpet was acquired in 91, Victory in 92. The industry was consolidating in the early 90's. Sunrise, White Crest and Dorsett merged and was acquired by World Carpet mills. Johnny and Howard had grown their company to 150 million in sales with approximately 850 employees in manufacturing. World Carpet was acquired by Mohawk who own and operate the facilities in Murray County today 2007.

Square D Carpet Sales.

Superior Loopers & Clips.

Supreme Carpet. Dan McEntire acquired Earth Carpet from Bud Black and renamed the company. Located north of Eton on 411, specializes in commercial carpet.

T & S Tufters.

Tara Carpets.

Ten-Tex. Wilbur Jackson started a machine shop "Chatsworth Manufacturing Co.", in the early 40's. He got a government contract during WW II to make bomb plugs. After the war he began making tufting machine parts. He held patents and the most famous one was developed with Doc Williams on the conversion of a sewing machine into a fringing machine. He began making 15 ft. wide broadloom tufting machines in 1954 and sold his company to Ten-Tex Corp. of Chattanooga, Tenn. Buck Jackson was the plant superintendent.

Tesco. Charles Whitner, 225 South Spring Place.

Textile Technologies, Inc.

Today's Tufters, Inc. Jackie Jones, a Murray County native, born in Crandall and graduated from Murray County High School. In 1973 he was plant manager for Galaxy Carpet Mills and had an ambition of going into business for himself. He resigned and founded a commission tufting business on 2nd Avenue. Later he founded another company, Better Backers, with finishing facilities on GI Maddox Parkway and dyeing facilities on 411 south Chatsworth

Tracy Carpets, Billy Coulter.

Trinity Carpet & Rug, Inc. Tom Turner, Charlie Richards and Charles Bearden, 1967, Spring Place, Highway 225 South.

Triple A Loopers and Clips. Johnny Winkler and C. L. Garland. Green Road, Chatsworth.

United Carpet Mills, Inc.

Vantage Carpet, Barney Elrod.

Varsity Carpet Mills. Gary and Lloyd McCamy, Hwy 411 South, Chatsworth.

Vickie Carpet.

Victory Carpet Corp.

Wayn-Tex, Inc. this was a warehouse facility, located at Gladden Springs on Hwy 76

West Georgia Mills.

Wexford Carpet Industries.

Williams Carpet.

Wilson Carpet & Rug.

Windsor Carpet.

Yarnset, Hwy 225 South, Spring Place.

Yonah Carpet.

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