A Catoosa County industry is getting a shot in the arm to help boost the economic recovery.
One of Georgia's largest carpet manufactures announced it's expanding and that means, millions of dollars invested and the creation of new jobs.
It's all happening in the small town of Ringgold.
The new project is called Evergreen Ringgold and it's expected to bring in $17 million dollars into the Ringgold economy.
"The physical attributes of the building that exists today were really favorable toward this new process," said Jay Henry with Shaw Industries.
Henry is talking about Shaw plant #37, a building that was once thriving but was shut down because of the economy. But now they are hoping to bring the plant to life once again with new technology they've never used.
"So the carpet that comes off of a consumer's floor, when they're finished with it rather than it going into a landfill, it will be utilized in this facility to create a new product to have a new life," said Henry.
Stephen Holzclaw has called Ringgold home since 2001. He says he has an idea about why they chose his city to once again to plant some permanent roots.
" I think the fact that it is such a suburb community of Chattanooga. It has easy access to the freeway, it has good people, it has a good workforce, it has good clientele. It has a lot of opportunities for growth. There's land available. I think you could go on all day about the things that are available in Ringgold," said Holtzclaw.
The first phase will bring in about 70 jobs to start with. While it might not seem like much, residents like Teresa Hester say a little goes a long way.
"That's a lot for a small town. I mean anything's better than nothing. And there's a lot of people that need jobs these days," said Hester.
Governor Nathan Deal announced the expansion earlier this afternoon. Shaw hopes to open the new recycling plant in mid-2015. By Alyssa Spirato