By Tia Lynn Ivey
Mannington Mills, a family-owned business that has evolved into one of the largest manufactures in residential and commercial fine flooring, reaches a rare milestone as it celebrates its 100th year in business. To celebrate, the Mannington leaders held a ribbon cutting at Madison Plant last Wednesday, at which the company donated $75,000 to the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park and $50,000 to Morgan Memorial Hospital (MMH).
Keith Campbell, Mannington Mills Chairman and fourth generation owner, spoke to those gathered for the ceremonial ribbon cutting, including leaders from state, county and city governments, the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, and the community.
“Mannington Mills is part of a converted effort to keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.,” said Campbell, who noted manufacturing jobs increasingly leave America to setup shop in countries like China. “We have begun something here and it’s just getting started. We will continue to grow in Madison. I would love to see your family become part of the Mannington tradition. We would love to have your children become part of the Mannington family.”
“Mannington Mills is now 100-years-old,” said Russell Grizzle, CEO of the Madison Plant. “This is a family-run business making some great looking floors and at the same time continuing to grow and expand…In Madison alone, we have quadrupled in capacity and created 350 jobs in just two years. This is a celebration today of the single largest project in the history of Mannington Mills. It takes a lot of teamwork to be able to make that happen.”
“First and foremost, I want to thank our city and county leadership: Mayor Fred Perriman and City Manager David Nunn, all the county commissioners and County Manager Michael Lamar, Senator Burt Jones, State Representative Dave Belton, our chamber of commerce, especially President Bob Hughes, the development authority, and many, many others who all made this possible,” added Grizzle. “Everyone has played a part in this…my promise to you is that we will continue to be great corporate citizens. We will do everything we can to continue the growth of Madison and Morgan County in the state of Georgia.”
Campbell praised the work of the Georgia Zoo and Safari Park and the new $35 million replacement hospital project undertaken by Morgan Memorial Hospital.
“It will be a treasure for all who live here and a destination for visitors, which will be an economic boost for this area,” said Campbell of the coming zoo.
“And the hospital is the community’s largest nonprofit organization, providing over $2 million dollars in indigent care annually, creating a local economic impact of over $10 million dollars per year…We are proud to be part of this important initiative.”
Mannington Mills opened for business in Salem, New Jersey in 1915, founded by John Boston Campbell. Over the course of a century, the company has expanded, opening nine North American locations in seven states, with one stationed right here in Madison. The Madison plant of Mannington Mills underwent a 45,000 square-foot expansion in late 2014, resulting in the addition of over 200 local jobs.
The company has received over 125 awards for design, quality, service, corporate stewardship and community involvement.
“Considering that only one percent of family-owned businesses survive to the fourth generation, Mannington’s success as a fifth generation, family-owned company places it in rarified company,” said Betsy Amoroso, senior director of corporate communications.
Mannington Mills totes its longtime success as the product of several vital qualities: product innovation, commitment to domestic manufacturing, leadership and legacy, community and sustainability, and loyalty in relationships.
“[These] factors have consistently contributed to Mannington reaching this milestone and becoming a household name in flooring,” said Amoroso.
Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Mannington Mills, is proud of the company’s practice of manufacturing 100 percent of their products in the United States.
“Manufacturing jobs have a huge impact on local economies. Employment in all of our plants is up, year-over-year, and we continue to make capital investments to keep our plants competitive and adaptive to the marketplace,” said Campbell.
According to Campbell, there has always been a different mindset at Mannington when it comes to doing business.
“Other companies are dictatorial when dealing with customers and associates, everything is done ‘by the book’.” says Keith Campbell. “We deal with customer and employees as people. “
Mannington Mills leaders have also pledged to keep the company family-owned and to be good stewards of the environment.
“A commitment to the world outside of Mannington is central to the company’s core value of ‘do the right thing.’ Reducing Mannington’s impact on the environment through a reduction in water and energy usage, an increase in recycling and product life-cycles, and other initiatives, has won the company accolades at local, state and national levels,” explained Amoroso. “Mannington’s position as a major employer in the communities where it resides offers opportunities for the company (and its associates) to support a variety of national and local organizations/events. Among them are: The United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, The Georgia Zoo and Safari Park, Madison (GA) Hospital, Food Bank of South Jersey and Ronald McDonald House of Southern NJ.”