Surya Rugs, with existing facilities in Gordon County, is planning a massive project in Bartow County.
Karl Lutjens with Southland Engineers has filed a Development of Regional Impact document with the Northwest Regional Commission indicating that the project will impact 75 acres at 1095 Cass White Road in White.
According to the DRI submission, the project will be developed in two phases. The first phase will include 574,000 feet with 50,000 square feet of that space earmarked for office space.
An additional 711,000 square feet of space is planned to be added within three years of completing the first phase. That would bring the facility to more than 1.28 million square feet under one roof.
The documents filed with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs indicate that the first phase of the project is to be finished by December 2014 with the overall project completed by December 2017.
Indian businessman Surya Tiwari founded Surya Rugs in 1976. He brought operations to the U.S. 10 years later and in 2004 he named his son Satya Tiwari to follow him as its president.
Today the company has more than 20,000 product lines from rugs to rug pads, pillows, throw and even wall art.
The company has a distribution and sales facility in Calhoun, at 140 Executive Drive S.E. Three warehouses are located on Executive Drive, and another is on Johnson Lake Road in Gordon County.
Kathleen Bowley, communications manager for Surya in Calhoun could not say whether or not the proposed new facility would be a consolidation of its existing storage and distribution facilities or a new manufacturing center.
The Bartow site is located on the northwest corner of the intersection of Cass-White Road and Great Valley Parkway at Highlands 75 Industrial Park.
Voestalpine Metal Forming, an Austrian-based firm was the first occupant of Highlands 75 Industrial Park, announcing back in August of 2012 it’s plans to invest $62 million and create close to 220 jobs. They have moved in to the new facility and are in the process of starting up their manufacturing operations.