The new 520,000-square-foot plant and U.S. headquarters that Belgian flooring company IVC Group is building in Dalton will be more than twice the size of the company’s current facility there.

IVC US Inc. announced Sept. 14 that it would invest $70 million to build a new vinyl flooring products manufacturing center in the north Georgia city, which depends heavily on carpet and other flooring products for jobs and has been hit hard by the housing crisis in the U.S.

In a Sept. 16 news release, IVC US revealed the size of the plant and noted that it would be developed on a 44-acre plot off Interstate 75.

The plant’s first products are expected to roll out by January 2011, said Xavier Steyaert, CEO of IVC US.

In related news, Shaw Industries Group Inc., a large, Dalton-based flooring company, announced that in an effort to ramp up carpet production, it would resume operations at an idled plant in Calhoun, a city 25 miles south of Dalton on the I-75 corridor, creating 200 jobs.

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