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Posted: Friday, December 6, 2013 11:15 am | Updated: 11:23 am, Fri Dec 6, 2013.

Underscoring the importance of hanging onto and creating jobs in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal made an appearance at the Mohawk facility on Lavender Drive in Rome around 10 a.m. today.

Deal called Mohawk Industries $85 million reinvestment in old plants in Dalton and Rome part of a revolution in  manufacturing in the state of Georgia. Deal visited both the Dalton and Rome plants Friday along with Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr and Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin.

Earlier this week, Mohawk revealed it’s intentions to upgrade plants in Rome and Dalton to the tune of $85 million, converting older facilities to handle BCF yarn, spun from recycled bottles.

“We are a state that was part of the old textile belt,” Deal said. Many years ago that began to We are seeing a resurgence of that here in our state.”

Mohawk announced plans for an $85 million investment in its facilities in Rome and Dalton on Wednesday, to boost its capacity to spin recycled BCF yarn.

The company plans to use $31 million to convert the Rome plant at 420 Lavender Drive, where more than 230 jobs will be retained.

The remainder will be spent on the Dalton plant, creating more than 400 jobs.