J & J Industries
J & J Industries, located in Dalton, is one of the largest privately held commercial broadloom manufacturers
After graduating from the University of Georgia in Athens, Jolly worked for twenty years in textile manufacturing in North Carolina and Georgia. In 1953 he opened Jolly Textiles in Dalton, selling yarn, jute and duck backing, and yarn cones. He also founded Dalton Cone Company to reprocess used cones and transform carpet remnants into rugs. In 1957 Jolly bought a truck for his business from Jones, a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta with a degree in industrial management. Soon thereafter the men became business partners. Their new business, J & J Industries, initially made rugs from odd lots of yarn.
J & J has worked to be an industry leader in reducing pollutants and minimizing the environmental impact on air, water, and land. The nylon yarn and backing used to make carpets are composed of some recycled materials, and post-consumer carpet is incorporated into cement, decking boards, and marine pilings (or plastic "plywood"). The company has also donated land adjacent to its facilities, which has been developed, in conjunction with such groups as the Nature Conservancy, into a wetlands area. These wetlands contain storm water and establish a riparian habitat in the Conasauga River watershed. Jolly was also active in relocating and expanding Dalton's municipal airport, Jolly Field, which is named for him.
Thomas M. Deaton, Bedspreads to Broadloom: The Story of the Tufted Carpet Industry (Acton, Mass.: Tapestry Press, 1993).
Thomas M. Deaton, "Tufted Titans: Dalton, Georgia's Carpet Elite," in The Southern Elite and Social Change: Essays in Honor of Willard B. Gatewood Jr., ed. Randy Finley and Thomas A. DeBlack (Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2002).
Randall L. Patton with David B. Parker, Carpet Capital: The Rise of a New South Industry (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1999).
Thomas M. Deaton, Dalton State College
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