Oriental Weavers Announces Major US Capital Investment
Oriental Weavers, the world’s largest manufacturer of machine-woven rugs, announces a significant capital investment made in its US manufacturing and warehousing facilities. The expansion, which occurred in late 2014, allowed for a 12 percent capacity increase at the company’s Dalton, GA manufacturing facility and was due largely to the recent high demand for domestically-made products.
The company first invested in a brand new, high-speed loom to put the expansion wheels in motion. The new loom was the first five-meter loom to be installed in the United States and is the fastest and most technologically advanced loom of its kind. Thirty-five percent faster than the industry standard, the new loom gives Oriental Weavers the exclusive ability to more efficiently produce American-made area rugs by significantly increasing production, reducing waste, and eliminating excessive inventory all while maintaining the existing level of required energy.
Additionally, due to the company’s organic growth and the increased capacities that the new high-speed loom yields, Oriental Weavers is expanding its distribution center, located in Dalton, GA. The nearly 200,000 square foot expansion will accommodate the added production and will provide new opportunities for skilled workers living in the Northwest Georgia area.
“US manufacturing is extremely important to Oriental Weavers”, explains Jonathan Witt, senior vice-president of Oriental Weavers. “Thirty to thirty-five percent of our current total rug production is made right here in the United States, with aggressive plans to increase domestic production an additional 20 to 25 percent in 2015. Our overall commitment to US manufacturing and our recent capacity expansion provides jobs for Americans and helps the American economy. Additionally, the technological advances and efficiencies of the new loom speak for themselves. The economy will benefit, our customers will benefit – it’s a true win-win for everyone.”
Proudly focused exclusively on the rug category, Oriental Weavers’ commitment to investing in the most modern and sophisticated equipment available today solidifies the company’s undivided dedication to the rug industry. This dedicated product focus has proven to set the company apart from its competition by offering customers the widest design selection, the best pricing and unmatched stocking capabilities. Oriental Weavers is a member of the ORIA.