Town of Calhoun Falls Looks to Redefine Itself After Mohawk Plant Closing

October 2, 2012

The town of Calhoun Falls is looking to bounce back after the closing of the Mohawk Textile Plant, which closed in late September.

On September 22nd, the council voted and approved the hiring of three part time assistant city managers.

Calhoun Falls City Mayor Lee Garrett said that hopefully the team will be able to help the city redefine itself.

“The town of Calhoun Falls is at a pivotal time in its history”, said Mayor Garrett. “We just lost the Mohawk Plant, which was its last link to the textile business. We must redefine ourselves, we have to look at what we have to offer, and that is our natural resources.

Carey Elliott, Paul Gilbert, and Tuck Hanna were the three individuals that were hired to help the city accomplish its goal.

Mayor Garrett said that the town needs more revenue streams to stay afloat.

“The hopes are to create a new revenue stream for the town. We are in three traditional businesses; water, sewer, and trash”, explained Mayor Garrett. “Those are not lucrative enough to save the town. We are looking at an opportunity in the lodging business, which we think would be a homerun for us.”

Garrett said that this group is in it for more than just a paycheck, they want to do what they can to help revitalize the town of Calhoun Falls.

The trio officially began work with the city yesterday.