Northwest Georgia may be best
known for its floor covering industry,

but it’s also becoming known as home to many Georgia auto supplier manufacturers and appliance manufacturing industry.

As home to the top four carpet industry companies, Georgia produces 85 percent of all U.S. manufactured carpet.

The need for auto supplying manufacturers increased in the area due to Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Kia in Georgia, and Mercedes Benz and Hyundai in Alabama automobile plants opening in surrounding areas.

Industry Mix 2017
  Catoosa County, GA Chattooga County, GA Dade County, GA Walker County, GA Northwest GA Chattanooga TN-GA, MSA
Good-Producing 14.4% 48.4% 26.0% 35.8% 31.2% 16.6%
Service-providing 67.6% 30.8% 56.0% 40.3% 48.7% 62.5%
Unclassified 0.3% 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.4%
Government 17.7% 20.6% 17.7% 23.7% 19.9% 14.7%
Sources: GA Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017

Top 10 Largest Employers
in Northwest Georgia


  • Catoosa County, GA
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Five Star Food Service
  • Lake Winnepesaukah Amusements, Inc.
  • Little Caesars Pizza
  • Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc.
  • McDonald’s
  • NHC of Fort Oglethorpe
  • Propex Operating Company, LLC
  • Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
  • Walmart

  • Chattooga County, GA
  • Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Ingles Markets, Inc.
  • Kelly Services, Inc.
  • Mohawk Carpet Distribution LP
  • Mount Vernon Mills, Inc.
  • Oakview Health and Rehabilitation
  • Showa Best Glove, Inc.
  • Trycon Tufters, Inc.
  • Wade and Gallahar Enterprises, Inc.
  • Walmart

  • Dade County, GA
  • Covenant College, Inc.
  • Dade Health and Rehab, LLC
  • Food City
  • Gill Industries Georgia, Inc.
  • Ingles Markets, Inc.
  • IWG High Performance Conductors, Inc.
  • Koch Foods of Chattanooga
  • McDonalds
  • MedSource Technologies, Inc.
  • Primary Health Care Center of Dade, Inc.

  • Walker County, GA
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • Food City
  • Lucent Group, LLC
  • McDonald’s
  • Nissin Brake Georgia
  • Roper Corporation
  • See Rock City, Inc.
  • Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
  • Syntec Industries, LLC
  • Walmart

Note: Represents employment covered by unemployment insurance excluding all government agencies except correctional institutions, state and local hospitals, state college and universities. Data shown for the Third Quarter of 2016. Employers are listed alphabetically, not by the number of employees.
Source: Georgia Department of Labor