Every July 4th, we celebrate Independence Day in the United States to recognize the adoption of our nation’s Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

And this year, our celebrating history made us ponder: What are some of the greatest moments in Mohawk Flooring’s rich history within the flooring industry?

army navy image Without a doubt, one of Mohawk’s finest moments comes during World War II when many American industries switched the focus of production to projects that assisted the US military. For Mohawk Carpet Mills, this meant manufacturing blankets and canvas instead of making carpets.

 

Between Mohawk and Bigelow-Sanford, the Amsterdam, NY mills produced over 5 million blankets for the war effort. Cotton duck produced in Amsterdam was used for tents, tarpaulins and gun covers.

With nearly 500 male Mohawk employees being enlisted or drafted and roughly 900 Mohawk employees reported serving overseas in 1943, women served as a huge workforce contingent during the war. Mohawk’s 5,500 employees worked diligently supporting the military and received the Army-Navy Production Award the same year.

Two years after the troops came home, Mohawk Carpet Mills published a small picture book called “Smoke: The Story of a Fight”, featuring a cover made of canvas produced by Mohawk. As author Reginald Harris notes in the book, “Men lived in blankets. Men waited in blankets. Men fought in blankets. Men died in blankets.”

Smoke, along with an inserted letter from Herb Shuttleworth.  Copies of the book were given to each Mohawk employee and shareholder in 1947

Smoke, along with an inserted letter from Herb Shuttleworth. Copies of the book were given to each Mohawk employee and shareholder in 1947

To this day, an honorary Army-Navy flag presented on March 5, 1943 in recognition of Mohawk’s patriotic efforts during WWII is framed and resides in Mohawk’s Calhoun, GA home, previously flown over the Amsterdam manufacturing plant.

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Considering the company was founded before the 20th century, this heart-warming story is just one within a long and successful lineage. For more facts and history, visit the official World War History Online website.