VALLEY HEAD, Ala. (WHNT) – While the focus of the three presidential debates has been on President Obama and Governor Romney, you might have also noticed the bright red carpet on the debate stage. Well, that carpet has its origins in the DeKalb County town of Valley Head.
Shaw Industries confirms to WHNT News 19 the yarn used in the carpet was made at its facility in Valley Head. A company spokesperson says that yarn was then woven into the red carpet at a facility in Dalton, Georgia.
“I might take an extra glance at the carpet now, yes I will,” Valley Head’s mayor Scott Gifford tells us.
He says he was actually unaware that Valley Head was supplying the material for the debate carpet, but is very proud of the fact.
“It just gives you a sense of pride in what gets done and we are actually building things here in north Alabama, ” Gifford said.
He says the yarn is actually made out of recycled materials.
“What most people probably don’t know is that they actually recycle Coke bottles and drink bottles and that sort of thing and actually turn it into yarn,” the mayor said.
While the town of Valley Head is known for being one of the coldest spots in Alabama, Monday night it will get some red hot attention, beneath the feet of the two presidential candidates.