Surya Rugs

Plans for a $32 million Surya Rug operation in Bartow County passed a Development of Regional Impact study by the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission.

The new facility is slated for a 75-acre tract on the northwest corner of Cass White Road and Great Valley Parkway — 1095 Cass White Road — not far from the Anheuser-Busch brewery north of Cartersville.

Surya Rug President Satya Tiwari said the company would bring between 150-250 new employees on board over the next two to five years. The company has approximately 250 employees at its existing facilities in Gordon County.

Tiwari said the new facility would be, for the most part, a distribution facility with minimal manufacturing capabilities.

“We are not just a distribution company. We are a sales and marketing company — so this facility will have state-of-the-art video rooms for videography and photography, our design team,” Tiwari said.

The project is proposed for development in two phases.

The initial phase is planned to encompass 574,000 square feet, of which 50,000 will be office space for Surya.

That phase is slated to be complete by the end of 2014.

The second phase would involve another 711,000 square feet of building space, and it is projected for completion in December 2017.

Surya currently has four properties in Calhoun: a sales and distribution building at 140 Executive Drive and three distribution warehouses on Executive Drive and Johnson Lake Road.

Tiwari said discussion of the company’s long-term plans is premature, and no decision has been made about the fate of the facilities in Gordon County.

“Ideally we may convert these into additional operations, especially assembly and manufacturing, but we don’t know that yet,” he said. “This is something that we haven’t really reviewed all of our options yet. We have no intent of selling these buildings, and I think it will be great for us to grow in (the Bartow) buildings as well.”

According to the DRI study, the Bartow operation is projected to generate more than $355,000 in real and personal property taxes each year.

The facility would use 15,000 gallons of water per day, easily serviced by the Bartow County Water Department, and would produce a peak of 250 vehicle trips per hour to and from the site.