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Four images of the E.T. Barwick Mills plant likely in Dalton, Georgia, but this could also be the plant in Huntsville, Alabama. See LaFayette plant images in 2014.017.034. Each of the four images shows a different angle of the same plant.
E.T. Barwick Mills was one of the earliest producers of tufted carpet, and the first to make it with synthetic fibers. Barwick was a major economic force for Walker County through jobs and taxes. The company also gave back to the community: several LaFayette recreational facilities and its airport were built (or funded) by Barwick. In the mid-1980s, the company collapsed after years of bad business deals and embezzlement from top executives. E.T. Barwick Mills was liquidated, and its shuttered Walker County properties were eventually acquired by Dalton millionaire Drennon Crutchfield. For several years the plant’s railroad siding was used to offload garbage bound for a nearby private dump. "That 11-acre landfill opened in 1976 and was initially used for burying construction debris and “latex sludge” from nearby Dow-Reichold. Around 1992 the dump began accepting “industrial solid waste” from outside sites, at the rate of 500 to 1,000 tons per day. Walker County and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division fought the landfill, forcing it to close in 1994 because of law violations and potential groundwater pollution." Barwick’s mill is a “brownfield” property, too polluted to use without removing toxic materials from the ground and facilities. Source:City of LaFayette, Georgia.