B.I.G. HQ brings big boost to Cartersville
Beaulieu International Group (B.I.G.) will establish its U.S. headquarters and create 350 jobs in Cartersville over the next five years, according to a recent news release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDED).
The plant will be constructed on 120 acres of land previously owned by Anheuser-Busch. In the first phase the B.I.G. manufacturing campus will design and produce 47 million square yards of cushion vinyl for commercial and residential application.
“We are experiencing growth across the globe for finished floorcoverings,” said Geert Roelens, CEO of B.I.G. “Our new plant in Cartersville will significantly increase our production and enable us to better supply the U.S. market. We greatly appreciate the state and local authorities in Georgia who supported this project.”
Beaulieu International Group is composed of three business units. The flooring solutions unit is the European leader in wall-to-wall floorcoverings, including vinyl tile, carpet and hardwood. A second business unit produces polypropylene granules for numerous applications. The third business unit, engineered products, manufactures fibers, yarns, technical textiles and technical sheets.
Based in Belgium, B.I.G. has 3,500 employees in 26 plants spread across 13 countries.
“International floor covering manufacturers are regularly looking at Georgia as an ideal location to grow their business,” said GDED commissioner Chris Carr. “More than 72 percent of the nation’s carpet and rug mill manufacturing jobs are located in Georgia. When high-caliber companies such as B.I.G. choose Georgia to call home, they not only enhance our portfolio of quality companies, but they also highlight the strength of our solid labor pool.”