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Dahlonega plant closing is latest in a string by Mohawk Industries

By The Associated Press
UNDATED - Mohawk Industries has informed the Georgia Department of Labor that it is closing its Dahlonega plant, idling 366 workers in June - the latest in a string of plant closings by the company.

Mohawk, the Calhoun-based carpet and flooring manufacturer, is one of the northeast Georgia community's largest employers. Worldwide, the company has about 36,000 employees.

Mohawk's decision reflects the effects of the nation's housing slowdown. Although it had profits of more than $700 million last year, a 55 percent increase from 2006, it has closed several plants.

In September, Mohawk announced that it was shuttering Mohawk Home plants in Dalton and Calhoun as it gets out of the woven throw, decorative pillow and woven bedspread businesses.

It announced the closure of a 158-person plant in the Rome metro area in February, and that of a Dalton plant with 66 employees.
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