Sustainable manufacturing practices that deliver benefits for future generations.
While the Shenandoah Valley may conjure images of lush forests, sprawling fields, and rustic wineries, it’s also the home of an innovative flooring production facility with a keen focus on sustainability.
At the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the Maury River in Glasgow, VA, sits Mohawk Group’s commercial carpet plant. On either side of the small town of Glasgow is the Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest. Built in 1935, the facility is located on approximately one hundred ten acres and employs more than five hundred associates.
Every step of the production process in the thirty-six-acre facility has been carefully designed to conserve resources, minimize its footprint, and give back to the surrounding community as a part of our company-wide commitment to making a positive impact on our world. It is a manufacturing facility dedicated to the future – and to bettering our planet.
Creating A Living Site Manufacturing Facility
With more than 300 Living Product Challenge Certified product styles manufactured entirely on site, we saw it only fitting to refer to the Glasgow facility as our first “Living Site.”
A Living Site, in our minds, is one that takes seriously our Believe in Better mission to have a positive impact for people and the environment. It represents a facility that is dedicated to creating products that are free of chemicals of concern, is socially responsible and respects the rights of workers – through innovations in materials, manufacturing and community involvement. And our Glasgow facility shines at this.
As a fully integrated commercial carpet tile plant, it produces and tufts yarn and applies backing to its commercial carpet tiles. One of the recent innovations to come out of this facility is our award-winning Heathered Hues yarn system. This fiber was designed to be textured and blended to provide visual texture and dimension when tufted, allowing for a variegated wool-like appearance. Not only is it our most natural looking nylon fiber to date, the yarn itself is dematerialized and has a low environmental impact – as a solution dyed fiber, no water is used in production.
We also worked with third-party assessors and a toxicologist to conduct in depth-analysis of all chemicals that are part of the Living Product supply chain to eliminate any harmful chemicals from the manufacturing process.
Preserving Resources Through Sustainable Handprints
Our commitment to preserving resources for future generations is especially evident as we continue to lead the flooring industry in the journey toward moving beyond carbon neutrality. Through our Glasgow Living Site, we seek to transform what was once a carbon footprint into “handprints” with social co-benefit partnerships that demonstrate cooperative sustainable practices – delivering benefits now and for future generations.
The qualifications of the prestigious Living Product Challenge Certification aren’t limited to manufacturing — they include demonstrable efforts to improve the surrounding community and its inhabitants. The Glasgow Living Site has taken extra steps to promote health and wellness for its own workplace occupants and the inhabitants of the local ecosystem. Like many Mohawk facilities, the location also features an on-site Healthy Life Center as part of the company’s wellness program. The center offers health coaches to guide associates toward achieving their fitness goals.
Whether it’s through installing a walking track around the entire facility or by expanding our honeybee hives to the nearby Natural Bridge State Park, we’re continuously exploring ways to give back to the environment more than we take. We’re redefining flooring with products that not only minimize climate impacts, but also foster beauty and allow people to thrive.
The innovative sustainable practices at our Glasgow plant have grown out of our mutual work with other industry leaders and environmentally conscious agencies.
In order to ensure the health of our environment for many generations to come, it is vital that everyone does their part to put more back into the world than they take out of it. Within manufacturing industries this can prove to be a challenging goal, but as demonstrated through these efforts in the Shenandoah Valley, the goal is certainly not out of reach – and we are certainly up to leading the challenge.
We strongly believe that building a better future for all of us, it is important to consider all aspects including human health, environmental impact, societal health and equity, and overall ecosystem impact. We hope our products inspire customers to make sustainable choices in flooring, but we also hope by explaining our journey that other companies will step up to the challenge of contributing to our “Living World.”
By prioritizing a holistic approach towards product design and manufacturing, forward thinking, and being willing to lead the industry by continually investing in sustainable practices, Mohawk Group’s Glasgow Living Site is a picture of the potential future a healthy co-existence between manufacturing and the natural environment.