News Flash: Carpet is Still Made in the United States ~ Mohawk, Carpet and Rug Institute Member Manufacturer, Featured on ABC News’ ‘Made in America’ SeriesWhen I saw that ABC News was airing a special series called “Made in America”, which set out to furnish a home entirely with products that were produced in the United States, I thought, “Great – they’ll feature carpet.”
With good reason: according to CRI estimates, 98% of all the carpet in use in the U.S. is manufactured in the U.S. That’s an impressive claim, especially when you consider that, for several products in the news series, producers had to search high and low to find a U.S.-made alternative, and in some cases - the coffeemaker, for example - a domestic substitute could not be found. For products such as the kitchen appliances, the American-made versions were significantly more expensive than the imports.
In contrast, U.S.-made carpet and area rugs are available in countless styles and colors, at prices that fit virtually all household decorating budgets.
In redecorating with U.S.-made alternatives, the show’s producers chose a Mohawk area rug for the living and bed rooms. The rugs are from the company’s selection of products made using its SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® fiber. The company issued a press release on being included in the broadcast:
“Mohawk has been manufacturing in America for over 130 years,” said David Duncan, Vice President of Marketing. “The craftsmanship, dedication and commitment to preserving and building upon the Mohawk heritage are very important to us, and make us who we are as a company.”
According to the press release, ABC reports that if Americans changed their buying habits and spent just $64 more a year on U.S.-made goods, domestic employment would increase by 200,000 jobs.
CRI-Member Shaw Industries was also listed in an online map of domestic manufacturers on ABC’s website.
Congratulations to Mohawk and all of CRI’s members who continue to produce carpet that’s Made in America!