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A History of Success

Founded in 1967, Shaw Industries’ leadership has been built on a history of success. Over time, our products have expanded, our customers we serve have broadened, and the technology we use has advanced, but one thing remains the same – our vision to create a better future. Exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality, service and performance remains at the heart of our business.

2015 Sustainability Report

The 2015 Sustainability Report marks a pivotal year in the company’s comprehensive approach to sustainability.

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2007-2016

  • 2016:

    Shaw acquires US Floors.

  • 2016:

    Shaw expands in presence in the urfaces market by opening Plant RP, a luxury vinyl tile facility in Ringgold, Georgia - Plant RP.

  • 2016:

    Shaw begins carpet tile manufacturing operations at Plant T1, Shaw’s first greenfield facility since Plant 15 was opened in 1997.

  • 2015:

    Shaw introduces LifeGuard, a revolutionary carpet protection system with a moisture barrier that is highly resistant to liquids soaking through to the padding and subfloor.

  • 2013:

    A one megawatt solar array system becomes operational at Plant 15 in Cartersville, providing renewable energy for the plant’s production of carpet tiles.

  • 2013:

    Plant CN opens in Nantong, China, Shaw’s first manufacturing facility in Asia. This facility manufactures carpet tile exclusively for the Asia Pacific market.

  • 2012:

    Shaw Contract Group opens commercial flooring showrooms in Shanghai, Mexico City, Hong Kong and Beijing. Over the next four years, the company will construct or relocate showrooms in Atlanta, Nantong, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Singapore, New York City and add offices in Bangalor, Dubai, Paris and Santiago for a total of 18 locations worldwide.

  • 2011:

    Shaw acquires Southwest Greens.

  • 2010:

    Shaw builds Re2E, a facility that uses post-consumer carpet to generate steam energy and electricity to run an adjacent plant, saving enough fossil fuel each year to power 7,500 homes.

  • 2009:

    The company starts up Clear path Recycling, the largest plastic bottle recycling facility in the United States.

  • 2009:

    Shaw acquires Sportexe Construction Services, Inc., a leading synthetic turf company dedicated to sports surfacing.

  • 2007:

    Shaw acquires Anderson Hardwood Floors.

1997-2006

  • 2006:

    Shaw announces plans to convert a former yarn plant in South Pittsburg, TN into a manufacturing facility for engineered hardwood. The plant is later expanded to manufacture Epic hardwood and features some of the most sophisticated and advanced hardwood production facilities in the company's entire portfolio.

  • 2006:

    Shaw purchases 100% ownership in Evergreen Nylon Recycling, the nylon recycling operation in Augusta, GA. The Evergreen plant uses patented technology to convert post-consumer nylon carpet into new nylon fiber.

  • 2006:

    Vance Bell is named Shaw's new CEO, and Randy Merritt is named President.

  • 2003:

    Shaw completes its purchase of the north Georgia operations of the Dixie Group, acquiring such brands as Carriage Carpets, Bretlin, and Globaltex.

  • 2002:

    Shaw opens its new, state-of-the-art laminate manufacturing facility. It is Shaw's first step into the manufacturing of hard surface flooring.

  • 2000:

    Shaw says "yes" to its proposed acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., the holding company of renowned financier Warren E. Buffett, who has been called the ultimate long-term investor.

  • 1998:

    Shaw merges with Queen Carpets. Their respective strengths form a company even more committed to meeting the needs of the marketplace and bringing value to customers.

1987-1996

  • 1995:

    Shaw enters the retail sales arena, then exits two years later.

  • 1993:

    As area rugs grow in both use and popularity, Shaw forms the Shaw Rugs division. A decade later, Shaw will redefine its rug strategy with the launch of “cut a rug” program.

  • 1992:

    Shaw acquires Amoco's polypropylene fiber production facilities, becoming the largest producer of polypropylene fiber in the world. The move helps Shaw customers capitalize on the tremendous growth of Berber styles.

  • 1992:

    Shaw Industries acquires Salem Carpet Mills, Inc., adding 25 percent to sales volume with the Salem Carpets and Sutton brands.

  • 1989:

    Shaw Industries acquires the carpet division flagship Evans & Black brand of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., adding 30 percent to sales volume.

  • 1987:

    Shaw Industries purchases WestPoint-Pepperell Carpet and Rug Division, acquiring the Cabin Crafts and Stratton brands and adding 40 percent to the company's sales volume.

1977-1986

  • 1984:

    Shaw launches PRIDE, its internal quality process. The training, tracking, and goal-setting helps Shaw manufacture products to the highest quality standards.

  • 1983:

    Shaw acquires six yarn spinning mills, furthering its vertical integration and giving Shaw 100 percent of its own yarn supply.

  • 1983:

    Shaw establishes regional distribution centers. By the end of 1983, Shaw maintains six regional DCs. Shaw opens three more in the following two years and 20 more over the next twenty.

  • 1982:

    Shaw significantly expands direct sales to small, independent retailers, providing better service and removing costs from their bottom lines.

  • 1982:

    Shaw creates its own trucking subsidiary, dramatically improving the quality and speed of shipments to retailers nationwide.

1967-1976

  • 1972:

    Shaw takes the first step toward vertical integration by acquiring New Found Industries to generate its own yarn supply. Recognizing the potential of continuous dyeing processes, Shaw acquires Elite Processing, a state-of-the-art continuous dye plant one year later.

  • 1971:

    Philadelphia Holding Company goes public as Shaw Industries, Inc.

  • 1967:

    A holding company is formed to acquire Philadelphia Carpet Company. The holding company adds Star Finishing, which evolved out of Star Dye, to the fold one year later.