WAYNESBORO, Va -- Walk deep enough into the Mohawk Building and you will come across many remnants of the once strong carpet backing plant. In 2009, an inevitable change came. The 22 acre plant closed and nearly 500 people lost their jobs.
“They just had too much business shipping across seas and everything went across seas, I reckon. They decided to close the whole building down. They had other plants, too, making the same things we were making,” said Bobby Fisher, a former Mohawk maintenance man.
Bobby Fisher was kept on as a maintenance man to help clear the building out and when that was done, he had a startling realization.
“What am I going to do now? But I talked to Dave and them and they gave me a job with them, so I'm doing fine now.”
Dave is David Gauldin, the executive vice president of Mathers Construction. As of a few weeks ago, his company, Allied Logistics, and the Legacy Group now own the building, which they are calling the Delphine Enterprise Center.
“We feel like, that, probably going forward that we can revitalize this place and attract high tech manufacturing or bio-sciences, and incubate pretty much different parts of the premises so it can be a viable, usable facility,” said Gauldin.
Work has already begun on getting the building beautified enough to lure those companies in. Some people have already started asking questions, though.
“It's kind of like playing 52-card pick-up. You'll have 50 people interested, but it's really hard to get the right type of people and find a mix that works for you. And that will be what our challenge is in the next 12 months.”
As work gets underway on the Delphine Enterprise Center, some businesses are using it as a warehouse. Because of the plant's size, the goal is to get four or five different ventures involved.
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