Mohawk Group’s manufacturing facility in Glasgow, Va., has been recognized by the Rockbridge County board of supervisors for 80 years of service to the community.

In a resolution issued in July, the board applauded Mohawk Group’s efforts to create a healthy business environment in Glasgow and its commitment to good corporate citizenship. According to the board, the company has helped families in Rockbridge County build better lives through its support of local charities, including United Way, and its support of emergency service providers such as the local fire department. 

“Mohawk Group leads the textile industry in innovation in manufacturing, and the Glasgow plant is a prime example,” said Michel Vermette, president of the company. “The facility exemplifies Mohawk’s commitment to giving back to the areas where our employees work and live. We have become part of the community, not just in name but in action.”

The board of supervisors also noted Mohawk Group’s dedication to innovation and sustainability, which has had an impact in Glasgow. Conservation of the James River in is part of Mohawk Group’s sustainability efforts. The company has engineered significant portions of the Glasgow facility to be as environmentally sensitive as possible and has changed its manufacturing process to reduce nitrogen emissions by more than 65 percent (since 2006) and phosphorus levels by over 75% in the water used in the manufacturing process, according to Vermette. That means purer water is going into the James River, which eventually flows into the Chesapeake Bay. Mohawk Group’s Glasgow plant, which produces mostly carpet tile, also has been awarded the Virginia Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award (GEEA).

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