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Gov. Nathan Deal announced yesterday New Hampshire-based Foss Manufacturing Co. will open a manufacturing and distribution operation in nearby Rome in Floyd County, investing $15 million and creating 150 new jobs over three years. Foss is an industry leader in the use of non-woven fabrics and specialty synthetic fibers in a wide range of environments and applications.
"Northwest Georgia remains a strategic home for the textile manufacturing industry, complete with the business environment and skilled workforce to help this industry continue its recovery in our state," Deal said in a release. "I am encouraged by the commitment Foss Manufacturing is making in Floyd County, and look forward to the contributions this company will make to one of Georgia’s major industries. I am glad to welcome Foss to Georgia."
Foss is one of the world’s largest needle-punch based manufacturers, and supports its customers’ needs with patented technology driven solutions. The company has strong relationships with a diverse range of customers including major retailers and leading automotive brands.
At its Rome operation, Foss will manufacture and distribute medical masks, hospital apparel and linens and automotive and filtration products. The company will occupy the former Mohawk building in Floyd County.
The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, Rome-Floyd County Development Authority, the Development Authority of Floyd County and the City of Rome to bring Foss Manufacturing to Georgia. GDEcD senior project manager Andrew Neumann managed this project on behalf of the state.
"Textile manufacturing stands as one of Georgia’s oldest industries, and has been a key driver of our economy for several generations," GDEcD Commissioner Chris Cummiskey said in the release. "Foss Manufacturing’s decision to locate in Georgia is real proof of the resilience of this manufacturing sector. This investment will positively impact Rome and communities throughout northwest Georgia."