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Shaw Industries Group, Inc. supplies carpet, resilient, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than 20,000 associates worldwide. Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the US as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Susan Farris
Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Communications

susan.farris@shawinc.com

(706) 532-3562
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Dana Hartline

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  • Shaw Leader Named to Energy Manager Today 50

    March 23, 2017

    Shaw Leader Named to Energy Manager Today 50

    Distinction recognizes those who drive their companies and the energy management industry forward

    Charles Chapman, director of energy and reliability engineering at leading flooring manufacturer Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw), has been named to the 2017 Energy Manager Today 50. Awarded by Energy Manager Today magazine, the distinction recognizes those who have driven their companies and the energy management industry forward.

     

    Chapman has been instrumental in Shaw’s efforts to reduce its energy impact. With a goal of achieving a 40 percent reduction in energy intensity (the amount of energy required to make each pound of finished product) by 2030, the company has already reduced its impact by 15 percent compared to its 2010 operations. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Energy has recognized Shaw for improvement across its U.S. facilities through the Department of Energy Better Plants program.

     

    Shaw continuously looks for opportunities to positively impact its operations and the environment through significant financial investments in ongoing efficiency and renewable energy programs. Recent projects include:

    ·         installing a one megawatt solar power installation to help power its carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga. – one of the largest commercial solar photovoltaic installations in the southeastern United States

    ·         earning an EPA Energy Star designation for a corporate administration building in Dalton, Ga. through concerted operational improvements

     

    Chapman joined Shaw in 1997, and is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He has served on numerous community and industry board, including current roles on the boards of the Calhoun City College & Career Academy, which offers a work-based learning curriculum for high school students, and the Associated Valley Industries, a non-profit organization of approximately 68 companies (Industrial, Commercial, & Institutional) within the Tennessee Valley Authority service area.

     

    “As we strive to create a better future, it takes a companywide commitment to operating sustainably,” notes Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “Charles’ commitment to propelling the organization forward exemplifies our holistic approach from product design and manufacturing to sales and distribution. His focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, and the impact of product design on energy consumption is one of the many ways we aim to have a positive impact on the world around us.”

     

    This year’s honorees will be recognized as part of the Energy Manager Summit at the Environmental Leader 2017 Conference in June. A full list of 2017 Energy Manager Today 50 honorees can be found online at: https://www.energymanagertoday.com/energy-manager-today-50-2017/.

  • Shaw Industries Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    March 6, 2017

    Shaw Industries Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    Leading flooring provider commemorates milestone with focus on the future

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) commemorates its 50th anniversary in 2017. With deep roots in the textile industry of northwest Georgia, the company was founded in 1967 – the year it formed a holding company to purchase Philadelphia Carpet Company setting it on the trajectory to become the flooring industry leader it is today.
     
    Over the past 50 years, the company’s products, services, technology and manufacturing practices have advanced dramatically while maintaining a keen focus on meeting and exceeding customer expectations and innovating for the future. Central to that success is Shaw’s 20,000-plus associates.
     
    “We have a proud history of driving the industry forward,” said Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO of Shaw Industries. “As we work to achieve our corporate vision of creating a better future for our customers, associates, the company and our communities, we’re taking a moment to reflect on our past, but more importantly to transform ourselves into an even more innovative, diverse, sustainable, customer-focused company for the future.”
     
    Shaw’s year-long celebration includes an associate-focused event that took place in Dalton, Ga. (where the company is headquartered) on March 3 that was attended by more than 4,000 people who work throughout Shaw’s expansive operations – from manufacturing and product development to sales and distribution, and the countless other roles required to conceive, create, and market the products of the future.
     
    The energizing, day-long event featured:
    • Candid presentations from Shaw leaders about the leadership characteristics needed to take the company into the future
    • A retrospective of Shaw’s history told through the personal stories of Shaw associates with the opportunity for attendees to contribute their own stories on-site
    • Interactive activities to promote collaboration, future thinking, and engagement
    • A 360-degree tour of Shaw representing the company’s showrooms, manufacturing operations, and distribution facilities through a virtual reality experience
     
    “As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we must be anticipating the next 50 years. We have to ensure we have the foundation to continually anticipate shifts in the market, technology advancements, and consumer preferences. We must continue to grow, change, and innovate, taking what has been positive and strong about our history and culture—and rapidly adapt to a world in which change is accelerating around us exponentially.”
  • Women at Shaw Industries to Receive National Recognition for Contributions to Manufacturing Industry

    March 1, 2017

    Women at Shaw Industries to Receive National Recognition for Contributions to Manufacturing Industry

    The Manufacturing Institute Honors Shannan Billings, Amber Holland and Danielle Lancianese with 5th Annual STEP Ahead

    The Manufacturing Institute will award Shannan Billings, Global Sourcing Director of Raw Materials; Amber Holland, Director, IS Administration Systems; and Danielle Lancianese, Technical Manager, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry.

     

    Billings and Holland are among the 100 recipients to be recognized as honorees and Lancianese is among the 30 emerging leaders selected. These winners of this year’s award were selected amongst hundreds of applicants from numerous manufacturers across the country reflecting the diversity of manufacturing sectors and positions.

    Billings was selected for her leadership in supporting the company’s product category shifts through vendor negotiations and ongoing supplier relationships; Holland was selected for transforming several information services processes within Shaw; and Lancianese for her contributions as a lead innovator and driver of the development of a moisture resistant laminate flooring. All were recognized for their demonstrated leadership within the company, including efforts to mentor others.

    “These 130 women are the faces of exciting careers in manufacturing,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director, The Manufacturing Institute. “We chose to honor these women because they each made significant achievements in manufacturing through positive impact on their company and the industry as a whole. “The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent.”

    On April 20, 2017 The Manufacturing Institute will recognize the 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each Honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing.

    “We are proud that the accomplishments of these women are not just recognized within our company, but also within the broader industry at-large,” said Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO, Shaw Industries. “The diverse talents within our organization are well represented by this outstanding group of women.”

    Since the inception of the STEP Ahead Awards, nine Shaw associate have been recognized through the program.
     

  • Shaw Industries Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 List for 13th Consecutive Year

    February 2, 2017

    Shaw Industries Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 List for 13th Consecutive Year

    As a result of the company’s stellar training and workforce development programs, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has been recognized by Training magazine as a "Training Top 125" company for 2017. This recognition marks Shaw’s 13th consecutive year on the list.
     
    “We are extremely proud of our strong heritage of offering education and training to help associates and customers unleash greatness and reach their full potential,” stated Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s director of corporate training and organizational development. “We’re committed to continued innovation in the topics we address as well as how we offer our ongoing learning opportunities to meet the needs of today’s workforce. It’s a critical component of how Shaw is able to attract and retain the best talent and how we continue to propel our company forward in a rapidly changing industry.”
     
    The Shaw talent model defines the leadership behaviors required to achieve the desired business results and to drive Shaw’s training and development priorities. The Shaw Learning Academy’s leadership team and staff are focused on helping others align their skills and interests with business needs for greater personal and professional accomplishment as defined by the talent model.
     
    Training Top 125 ranks companies’ excellence and commitment to employer-sponsored training and development programs. The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.
     
    Consistently recognized for its high-quality education and training efforts, Shaw has garnered a range of recognitions in addition to Training 125, including:
    • Being named to the Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers 2016 for the second year since the distinction’s inception in 2015.
    • Ranking No. 11 in the most recent Elearning! magazine’s Learning! 100 list. Honored for the sixth consecutive year, Shaw was among top private sector companies cited for high performance, organizational culture, innovation and collaboration.
    • Rated among the Best Places to Work for New Graduates by Symplicity in 2016.
     
    Shaw’s education and training efforts extend beyond its more than 20,000 associates to customers, the community, and the future workforce.
     
    Additionally, Shaw recognizes that its retailers’ success are inextricably linked. The company has designed comprehensive and customized educational programs offer to help retailers meet their business objectives. More than 15,000 customers engage with the Shaw Learning Academy each year through regional training, online sessions, markets, the Shaw Flooring Network Convention, and other offerings.
  • Shaw Industries Acquires USFloors

    December 5, 2016

    Leading flooring manufacturer completes purchase of fastest growing composite core flooring company

    Dalton, Ga. – December 5, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) announced today that it has completed the purchase of US Floors, Inc. (USFloors). The acquisition will further expand Shaw’s strong position in the resilient luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and hard surface markets.

    As a leading innovator and marketer of composite core flooring, as well as cork, bamboo and hardwood products, USFloors will bring an even more diverse portfolio of products to Shaw’s expansive offerings. Composite core encompasses a wide range of evolving flooring products, including wood-plastic composite (WPC) and rigid core board (RCB). The companies’ combined design, innovation, service, and operational excellence will enhance both company’s position in the market.

    “This is a marked time of growth and progress as we further expand our resilient and hard surface markets with the purchase of USFloors,” said Vance Bell, Shaw Chairman and CEO. “Piet Dossche and the USFloors team will provide valuable expertise and market insights as we combine these two forward-thinking companies.”

    Through the acquisition of USFloors, Shaw has procured the fastest growing company in the composite core flooring market. The purchase will help further solidify Shaw’s commitment to providing the most durable, design-forward and innovative resilient and hard surface products available in the market. Shaw also recently invested more than $100 million in the creation of a new resilient manufacturing facility in Ringgold, Ga., which currently employs approximately 100 associates.

    “We are extremely proud to join Shaw, a company known for quality, team work, superior service and operational excellence,” commented Piet Dossche, CEO. “By combining these two stellar flooring companies, we will further empower our talented teams to solidify our COREtec® brand as the leading product within the new composite core flooring category.”

    About USFloors
    Founded in 2001 by Piet Dossche, USFloors markets its products under the COREtec®, Natural Cork®, Natural BambooTM, NavarreTM  and Castle Combe® Floor and Wall brands.  The company’s manufacturing and corporate facilities are based in Dalton, Georgia, and its distribution facilities are in Dalton; Augusta, Georgia; and Anaheim, California. In addition, USFloors has an extensive QC and Logistic presence in Shanghai China and an International Sales and Marketing office in Belgium, Europe.

    About Shaw Industries
    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide via its brands Anderson®, Patcraft®, Philadelphia Commercial®, Shaw Contract®, Shaw FloorsTM, Shaw Hospitality®, Shaw Sports Turf®, Southwest Greens®, Tuftex® and more.

    Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The company employs more than 20,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawinc.com
  • Shaw Opens $85 Million Carpet Tile Facility in Adairsville, Ga.

    December 1, 2016

    Shaw Opens $85 Million Carpet Tile Facility in Adairsville, Ga.

    Expanded capacity adds jobs, enhances product innovation

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has completed construction of a new carpet tile manufacturing facility located in Adairsville, Ga. The $85 million facility, which became operational in the fourth quarter of 2016, employs 170 associates and will create a total of 500 new jobs once it reaches full capacity.
     
    Known as Shaw Plant T1, the facility provides added production capacity and recycling capability for the company’s Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial and Shaw Contract brands. It complements the company’s existing carpet tile manufacturing, recycling and warehouse facilities in Cartersville, Ga. and Nantong, China. The China facility opened in mid-2013 to serve the Asia Pacific market.
     
    “The addition of this state-of-the-art carpet tile manufacturing facility allows us to continue to innovate across our broad portfolio of products,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “We invest hundreds of millions of dollars annually in new and expanded facilities, enhanced equipment, technology and processes, and improved distribution systems to create beautiful, durable, sustainable flooring to meet our customers’ diverse needs. This is a prominent example of that commitment.”
     
    The largest producer of carpet tile in North America, Shaw is one of Georgia’s largest manufacturing employers – with 14,000 associates in the state including 3,200 in Bartow County, where the company operates nine facilities. The company was ranked among Forbes’ America’s Best Large Employers for 2015 and 2016 and has been recognized by Training magazine as a "Training Top 125" company for the 13th consecutive year (2017).

  • Shaw Expands STEM / STEAM Educational Partnerships

    November 8, 2016

    Shaw Industries Expands STEM / STEAM Educational Partnerships

    Efforts engage students in enhanced educational opportunities and showcase rewarding careers in manufacturing

    In celebration of National STEM / STEAM Day (Nov. 8), Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) announces it has enhanced its STEM / STEAM educational partnerships with new and expanded relationships with City Park Elementary School in Dalton, Ga., Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Great Promise Partnership, Inc.
     
    These programs are part of the Shaw’s comprehensive and ongoing educational partnerships. Through education, mentorship, and hands-on experience, Shaw is showcasing to students from elementary school to college the rewarding careers available within the manufacturing field through an increased focus on science, technology, engineering, math, and arts.
     
    “Manufacturing offers a wide variety of career options – from designers to data analysts, marketing to maintenance,” notes Brian Cooksey, director of operations training and development at Shaw Industries. “Our educational partnerships allow students to find their passions and to see how they might apply those interests and skills in their future careers. We’re helping develop the workforce of the future and providing students in the regions where we operate the opportunity to expand their horizons in ways they may not have previously considered.”
     
    Shaw’s new dynamic and expanding educational partnerships include:
     
    City Park Elementary School
    In partnership with City Park Elementary School, Shaw has designed a STEM after-school program created to inspire and empower young girls. In its first year, the semester-long class will include 10 rising fourth graders and 21 rising fifth graders. The inspiring collaboration positions members of Shaw’s Women in Leadership (WiN) program and the company’s co-op students as ongoing mentors and leaders during the after-school program.  
     
    “This program is designed to build confidence, encouraging creative thinking and problem solving, and share the wide variety of possible careers available to these young girls,” said Kim Gray, Shaw's Corporate Event Manager and a WiN Steering Team Member. “Not only are the students supported, but Shaw associates gain an opportunity to be involved in the community, to further our vision to create a better future, and to draw creative energy outside the workplace.”
     
    The elementary school partnership will complement Shaw’s existing middle school programs, creating a more fully developed STEM education pipeline from kindergarten to college.
     
    The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
    In partnership with the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA), Shaw associates recently introduced a mentorship program for students in the 11th and 12th grades. Designed by the WiN Mentorship Team, the program partners 10 girls from the academy with 10 inspiring Shaw leaders for the school year. The Shaw mentors represent all areas of the company, exposing students to a variety of careers and professional perspectives.
     
    “It was incredibly rewarding to see the room light up with laughter and nervous excitement as our Shaw associates and CGLA students met for the first time recently,” said Melissa Pateritsas, an IT Manager at Shaw and a WiN Steering Team Member. “Connecting with the students in person and hearing their thoughtful questions and perspectives helped set the foundation for what we hope will become long-lasting relationships to help guide and shape these young women’s career paths.”
     
    Shaw’s mentors carefully crafted a program that incorporates opportunity for flexibility and creativity. During monthly mentorship meetings, specific professional growth topics will inspire conversation, but time will also be allotted for valuable open-discussion time.
     
    The Great Promise Partnership, Inc.TM
    With Great Promise Partnership, Inc., (GPP), Shaw provides employment opportunities to current high school students, enabling them to earn wages – while earning their diploma – and develop skills that will help them more readily enter the workforce post-graduation. Students gain hands-on experience in Shaw facilities and receive mentorship from Shaw associates to supplement their classwork.
     
    Shaw began its collaboration with GPP in 2015 with students working in Shaw’s samples department in Dalton, Ga. The program has expanded to additional areas of the company’s manufacturing process. Students from Cass and Woodland High schools, in partnership with the Bartow County College and Career Academy, began work at two of Shaw’s manufacturing facilities in Cartersville, Ga. in fall 2016.
     
  • Shaw to Co-Host 5-City Workshop Series for Sustainability Thought Leaders

    November 4, 2016

    Shaw to Co-Host 5-City Workshop Series for Sustainability Thought Leaders

    Educational series, co-sponsored by Shaw in partnership with BuildingGreen, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, and Google, will explore next-level thinking on the circular economy

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw), alongside the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, BuildingGreen, Google, and several others, will host a national workshop series entitled “Built Positive: Help Build What’s Next.” Scheduled for Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and San Francisco in early November, many at local Google offices, the three-hour interactive workshops will bring together sustainability thought leaders in the built environment to help identify new opportunities to add value to their projects while bringing project values to life.
     
    Facilitated by Nadav Malin, president of BuildingGreen, the high-energy sessions will explore design methodologies, material health programs, product and systems innovations, and a new definition of waste. Attendees will investigate and develop concepts for design, use, disassembly, and reuse that are fundamental to creating positive material flows and realizing positive outcomes for people, planet, and business.
     
    Participants will:

    • Discover emerging concepts in the sustainably built environment, including circular economy, buildings as material banks, material passports, health, wellness, and Cradle to Cradle.
    • Learn to translate a client’s commitment to developing innovative, market-leading projects into a new value model for positive impact.
    • Explore how materials and products designed with Cradle to Cradle principles form the basis for success in the design of circular systems.
    • Bridge theories of positive impact with professional practice toward systemic change with bottom line impact.

     
    Workshop participants will receive 3 AIA, IDCEC, and GBCI continuing education credits. A networking reception will follow each session.
     
    The Built Positive Education Series will be held in five cities on the following dates:
    Atlanta
    November 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
    Shaw Contract & Steelcase Showroom
    1555 Peachtree St. NE, #150, Atlanta, GA
     
    Washington, D.C.
    November 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
    Google Washington, D.C.
    25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC
     
    New York City
    November 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
    Google New York
    76 Ninth Ave., New York, NY
     
    Chicago
    November 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
    Google Chicago
    320 N. Morgan, Chicago, IL
     
    San Francisco
    November 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
    Google San Francisco
    345 Spear St., San Francisco, CA
     
    The workshop is being offered free of charge. Pre-registration is required. Participants can learn more and sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/built-positive-education-sprint-tickets-27579133932.

  • Shaw Industries Announces Agreement to Acquire USFloors

    October 18, 2016

    Shaw Industries Announces Agreement to Acquire USFloors

    Dalton, Ga. – October 18, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase USFloors, which expands and complements Shaw’s leading position in the luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and hard surface markets. USFloors is a leading innovator and marketer of wood-plastic composite (WPC) flooring, as well as cork, bamboo and hardwood products. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter, after customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

    “We are excited to welcome Piet Dossche and the USFloors team to Shaw Industries,” stated Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO. “Our companies share similar values and focus on innovation, style and design and sustainability leadership. Combining the fastest growing company in the fastest growing segment of the flooring business with Shaw’s LVT position creates a significant opportunity for the combined companies.”

    “We are proud and enthusiastic to become part of Shaw Industries and join this team of high quality and dedicated people,” commented Piet Dossche, CEO. “Backed by Shaw’s superior service and operational excellence we will be able to expand our leadership position in the WPC segment even faster and solidify our COREtec® brand as the global benchmark for this new flooring category.”  

    About USFloors

    Founded in 2001 by Piet Dossche, USFloors markets its products under the COREtec®, Natural Cork, Natural Bamboo, Navarre and Castle Combe Floor and Wall brands.  The company’s manufacturing and corporate facilities are based in Dalton, Georgia, and its distribution facilities are in Dalton; Augusta, Georgia; and Anaheim, California. In addition, USFloors has an extensive QC and Logistic presence in Shanghai China and an International Sales and Marketing office in Belgium, Europe.

    About Shaw Industries

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide via its brands Anderson, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, Tuftex and more.

    Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The company employs more than 20,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawinc.com

  • Shaw Industries Honored for Support of Veterans

    October 11, 2016

    Shaw Industries Honored for Support of Veterans

    Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Presents Shaw with Prestigious Department of Defense Awards

    Dalton, Ga. – October 11, 2016 – The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recently recognized Shaw with the Seven Seals award and the Pro Patria award, which is the highest award given at the state level. Both awards recognize Shaw’s significant support of associates in the National Guard and Reserve.

    The leadership skills and technical expertise that veterans bring to our workforce are directly translatable, highly valued and help support a workforce that includes diversity of background and thought” said Chester Chaffin who spearheads ShawVET. “We are proud that Shaw’s commitment to those associates who also serve in the armed forces has been recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.”

    The Pro Patria Award is presented annually by each ESGR State Committee to employers that have demonstrated the greatest support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.
    The Seven Seals Award is the broadest award given by ESGR and is presented at the discretion of the State Chair or by ESGR senior leadership. The Seven Seals Award is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis.
    The team at Shaw works closely with associates who are in the Guard and Reserve to ensure that they are able to meet their commitments to the service of our nation. As a community, Shaw associates have provided a support network for their coworkers that have been deployed by sending cards, emails and letters as well as care packages and gift cards.

    ShawVET, the company’s employee resource group for veterans, is dedicated to “serving those who have served.” ShawVET works closely with National Guard and Reserve Units in our communities to support back to school drives, holiday celebrations and the annual National Guard Ball. Shaw also installed new carpet at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga.

    About Shaw Industries
    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide via its brands Anderson, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, Tuftex and more.
     
    Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with $4.8 billion in annual sales. The company employs more than 20,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawinc.com.

    About ESGR

    ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,500 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education, and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, Service members, and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve 
     

     

  • Shaw Industries Celebrates Manufacturing Day

    October 7, 2016

    Shaw Industries Celebrates Manufacturing Day

    Company hosts educational presentations at Cartersville High School

    October 7, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) joined companies across the U.S. in celebrating the growing field of manufacturing on Manufacturing Day Oct. 7. The leading flooring manufacturer partnered with Cartersville High School to host a variety of insightful workforce development educational presentations made available to the school’s roughly 1,200 students during the celebratory recognition day.
     
    “Manufacturing Day provides a great opportunity to educate students about the rewarding careers available in manufacturing,” said Brian Cooksey, director of operations training and development at Shaw Industries. “Together, we are engaging students in programs that illustrate the diverse careers available in manufacturing from engineers and electricians to designers and data scientists. By showcasing the potential, we hope to provide students with a better understanding of how they can apply their skills and interests within a manufacturing company.”
     
    Shaw also will participate in Cartersville High School’s annual Career Day Expo on Oct. 19 in conjunction with the school’s Work Based Learning Program. These and other activities in which Shaw is engaged in support of Manufacturing Day have been created for students to learn more about careers in manufacturing, including the areas of automotive, business, engineering, design, automation and video broadcasting.
     
    These engaging Manufacturing Day events, though, are just one part of the company’s comprehensive and ongoing efforts to enhance workforce development. Shaw is involved in a variety of meaningful educational projects. The company’s unique partnerships have been specially designed to provide students from early education through college with the skills needed to become dynamic leaders within the manufacturing field. 
     
    A few highlights of Shaw’s future workforce development partnerships include STEM-focused programs, such as:
    • Camp D.E.M. (Design, Engineering & Manufacturing), an annual, week-long summer camp for middle school students that educates about career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning
    • Great Promise Partnership, which helps high school students earn their diplomas through paid, on-the-job training while emphasizing real-world skills, mentoring and goal setting
    • FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology and provides students the opportunity to compete at a local, state and national / international level.
     
    Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
     
  • Shaw Floors to be Featured in 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™

    September 30, 2016

    Shaw Floors to be Featured in 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt™

    Home offers unprecedented time-travel look ahead to the years 2020 and 2050

    Shaw Floors announces its Life Happens with LifeGuard® carpet, Floorté® enhanced vinyl plank, and TuftexTM area rugs along with turf tile from Shaw Contract’s The Park collection will be showcased in the Greenbuild® KB Home ProjeKt™ demonstration home at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles, and will be available for in-person discovery tours for conference attendees on Wednesday, October 5 and Thursday, October 6.  The home will also be available nationwide via the online virtual tour beginning October 5.
     
    The Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, presented by Hanley Wood in partnership with KB Home (NYSE:KBH), BUILDER Magazine, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Virginia Tech, is designed to serve as an unprecedented time-travel look ahead to the years 2020 and 2050 as a way to bring new perspective and strategic scenario-planning opportunities to builders and consumers alike.  The display at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference and Expo will boast vignettes that feature assemblies and systems, home tours, interactive educational features and a digital wall display.
     
    The home is designed to be sustainable, resilient, and achieve LEED and National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certifications for energy efficiency today, net-zero energy per California’s 2020 goals, and features super materials and innovations for 2050.  Composed of cartridges for modularity and movable walls, the home is flexible and able to adapt and change in real-time and over time to conditions and people’s needs.  Wellness, safety and health features can be found throughout the home -- from cooking equipment which prevents nutrient loss during food preparation to lighting optimized for circadian rhythms.  Technology also plays a key role in the home, featuring automation systems to achieve the ultimate smart home with unprecedented levels of convenience, efficiency, awareness and wellness.
     
    Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability and its commitment to the Cradle to Cradle® design philosophy ensure its products and its manufacturing processes focus on material health, material reutilization, renewable energy, water stewardship and social fairness. Sixty-five (65) percent of Shaw manufactured products sold are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM.
     
    Displaying a combination of soft and hard surface flooring options, the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt demonstrates the range of products available to today’s consumers. Shaw’s products are designed to be as sustainable, innovative and durable as they are beautiful.
     
    Tough enough to stand up to anything today’s hectic lifestyles bring, the Life Happens carpet collection showcased in the home features Shaw’s patented LifeGuard waterproof backing system -- providing an extraordinary level of protection. This Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver carpet is made to handle it all: pets, kids…life. The LifeGuard® revolutionary carpet protection system covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing. Each beautiful carpet in the LifeGuard collection is treated with Shaw’s patented R2X® stain and soil resistance protection, the standard of excellence in the industry, while a patented thermoplastic commercial-grade backing provides a waterproof moisture barrier that prevents liquids from soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor.
     
    Similarly, Floorté flooring provides a durable, easy-to-install floor. This enhanced vinyl plank features Shaw Floors’ LifeGuard waterproof core, providing a significant breakthrough in flooring protection technology. Floorté flooring uses high-definition printing to create a beautiful, authentic hardwood or tile look in all of today’s popular colors and styles. Its FOLD N GO™ locking system is precision-engineered for simple installation on or below ground level. Floorté floors are also strong, durable, flexible—concealing imperfections on the subfloor — and waterproof. The waterproof qualities of Floorté floors make it ideal for high-moisture areas like basements, bathrooms, and mudrooms. Additionally, Floorté floors are Floor Score® certified. Developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), this certification ensures that Floorté meets important indoor air quality emission requirements.
     
    Partners of the Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt are BUILDER, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, KB Home, KTGY, and Virginia Tech. 
    Title sponsors are Owens Corning and Whirlpool Corporation.  Founding sponsors are Cosentino, LP ® Building Products, and Panasonic.
    Alliance sponsors are American Gas Association, Avid Ratings / Go Tour, Carrier, Dupont™ Tyvek® Weatherization Systems, Emser Tile, Generation Brands, James Hardie, Kohler, Kwikset, Lutron Electronics, Polyguard TERM Barrier Division, Rain Bird, Rinnai America Corporation, Savant, Square D By Schneider Electric, Shaw, Sherwin-Williams Company, Sierra Pacific Windows, SmithGroup, JJR, Southern California Edison, SoCalGas®, Softwood Lumber Board, SunPower, Therma-Tru and Uponor.
    Contributors are Bark House, ClosetMaid, Energy Inspectors, Resource Furniture, Urban Farmer and Weiland & Associates.
  • S.C. Wildlife Federation Certifies Shaw Site

    September 15, 2016

    South Carolina Wildlife Federation Certifies Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.™) Site at Sha Industries Group, Plant 8S

    The South Carolina Wildlife Federation (SCWF) certified Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Plant 8S as a Wildlife And Industry Together (W.A.I.T.™) site.  The W.A.I.T.™ program recognizes industries who are dedicated to protecting the environment and keep wildlife needs in mind when making their land management decisions. Shaw joins 28 other plants in the state with this distinction.  

     

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc., Plant 8S is a nylon and polyester fiber manufacturing facility located in Columbia, South Carolina that has more than 300 employees. The plant's products are used to make a variety of different types and styles of nylon and polyester carpet.  Shaw Industries is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider. The company manufactures and distributes carpet, custom rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile and stone flooring products for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized environmental leader, Shaw takes a holistic approach to sustainability including a keen focus on its 2030 goals related to water, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, safety and designing to Cradle to Cradle protocols. 

     

    SCWF acknowledged that Shaw is proudly committed to being good stewards of the environment.  The W.A.I.T. certification recognizes that Shaw Plant 8S has taken a leading role in environmental protection, in part by setting aside property around the plant that includes planting food plots for wildlife, creating two butterfly gardens, constructing hawk perches, installing duck and bird boxes and building numerous walking trails for its employees to enjoy the abundance of wildlife along the Saluda River in Lexington County. Associates from all departments are involved in WAIT projects.

     

    The mission of the South Carolina Wildlife Federation is to conserve and restore South Carolina’s wildlife and wildlife habitat through education and advocacy. More information can be obtained about the organization by visiting www.scwf.org or calling 803-256-0670.

  • Cross Plains and Shaw Receive International Recognition for Job Placement

    September 8, 2016

    Cross Plains and Shaw Receive International Recognition for Job Placement

    Project SEARCH program facilitates a successful transition to the workforce for young adults with disabilities

    Dalton, Ga. – September 8, 2016 – Cross Plains Community Partner (Cross Plains) and Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) have been recognized by Project SEARCH for attaining 100 percent employment for its 2015-2016  Project SEARCH internship program, an intensive work skills developmental program designed to facilitate a successful post high school transition to the workforce for young adults with disabilities.

     

    The award was received at the organization’s international conference in August where Project SEARCH practitioners, interns and families convene for a week of learning and sharing best practices and innovation.

     

    “Project SEARCH is one of the many ways we are helping to cultivate the workforce of tomorrow,” notes Paul Richard, vice president of human resources at Shaw. “It’s part of our commitment to creating a better future for our communities, associates, customers and the company.”

     

    Shaw began its fifth internship class in June 2016. “The program’s success hinges upon dedicated employers like Shaw who place a priority on helping their associates achieve their full potential,” states Deborah Conway, executive director at Cross Plains.

     

    Over nine months, the interns complete three 10-week rotations at Shaw in the marketing fulfillment, talent acquisition, and global sourcing departments. Participants experienced total workplace immersion, facilitating a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and relevant job-skills training. Shaw departmental leadership and Cross Plains Community Partner job coaches focus on delivering key skills in the areas of team building, technology, social skills/communication, presentation delivery, money management, interviewing, resume building, job searching and retention, self-advocacy and determination.

     

    Project SEARCH was created in 1996 at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Since its inception, Project SEARCH has grown from a single program site at Cincinnati Children's to more than 300 sites across the United States and Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Australia. Project SEARCH's primary objective is to secure competitive employment for people with disabilities, and with its business partners, works to facilitate high school transition programs for individuals with various developmental disabilities, such as visual and hearing impairments, autism, and intellectual disabilities.


    Shaw initiated its first Project SEARCH internship program in 2012. Shaw’s participation in Project SEARCH takes place through collaborative partnership with Cross Plains Community Partner, Project SEARCH, Vocational Rehabilitation, and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. To learn more about Project SEARCH, visit http://projectsearch.us/.

    About Cross Plains Community Partner

    Cross Plains Community Partner contributes to the community by assisting those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities share and develop their unique talents and live their best lives. Cross Plains is a non-profit agency that provides day and employment services and is an advocate for inclusion in the workplace and community at large.

  • Shaw Among Selling Power’s “50 Best Companies to Sell For” 2016

    August 29, 2016

    Shaw Among Selling Power’s “50 Best Companies to Sell For” List in 2016

    Dalton, Ga. – August 29, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has been ranked among the Selling Power list of “50 Best Companies to Sell For.” The corporate research team at Selling Power magazine evaluated companies with sales teams of all sizes. Companies on the Selling Power “50 Best Companies to Sell For” list are evaluated in the following areas:
    • Compensation packages for salespeople
    • Sales culture
    • Onboarding and sales-enablement strategies
    • Training and coaching processes
    • Annual turnover percentage
     
    “Our talented residential and commercial sales teams are vitally important to Shaw’s success,” said Chris Clement, director of corporate sales training and development at Shaw. “This recognition by Selling Power validates Shaw Industries’ approach to developing a culture that supports continued learning and opportunities for growth for our sales professionals – and all Shaw associates.”
     
    Shaw employs nearly 1,200 sales associates globally and supports them at every stage of their career with multi-dimensional training and development. The company’s award-winning Shaw Learning Academy (SLA) offers a 12-week sales trainee program for recent college graduates as well as ongoing education provided via blended learning. Embedded in this training is reinforcement of Shaw’s customer-centric approach and a focus on helping customers achieve their objectives and grow their business.
     
    About Selling Power 
    In addition to Selling Power magazine, the leading periodical for sales managers and sales VPs since 1981, Selling Power Inc. produces the Sales Management Digest and Daily Boost of Positivity online newsletters, as well as a five minute-video series featuring interviews with top executives. Selling Power is a regular media sponsor of the Sales 2.0 Conference.
  • Shaw Industries Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

    July 11, 2016

    Shaw Industries Releases 2015 Sustainability Report

    Eighth Annual Report Demonstrates Continued Commitment to Transparency and Progress Toward Sustainability Goals

    Dalton, GA – July 11, 2016 – Shaw Industries’ 2015 Sustainability Report, released today, continues the company’s legacy of transparency through the disclosure of key metrics and progress against its goals.
     
    The company’s 2030 sustainability goals include:

    • Reduce water intensity (per pound of finished product) by 50 percent.
    • Decrease energy intensity by 40 percent.
    • Reduce waste to landfills and hazardous waste by 100 percent.
    • Design 100 percent of Shaw products to Cradle to Cradle protocols.
    • Achieve an OSHA incident rate of zero.
    • Reduce non-biogenic GHG emissions intensity by 40 percent.
     
    Shaw has reported its GHG performance since its inaugural annual sustainability report (covering calendar year 2008), and has formalized its commitment with a newly introduced 2030 target.
     
    “Shaw is committed to continuous improvement and constantly driving innovation into our business based upon our perpetual quest for a deeper understanding of the needs of our customers, associates and communities,” said Vance Bell, Shaw Chairman and CEO. “Our annual sustainability report reflects our progress and our continued investment in what our internal and external stakeholders deem most important.”
     
    In addition to the new GHG goal, key items in the 2015 report include:
    • The company’s investment of nearly $300 million in capital expenditures, including strategic investments in multiple product categories and in automation, efficiency and technology advances in its operations.
    • New calculation methods and baseline year for energy, emissions and water intensity metrics that raise the bar for Shaw’s performance to align with industry standard reporting the company has been using as part of the Department of Energy's Better Plants Program.
    • Additional detail about Shaw’s investment in a new talent model as an innovation driver and key to long-term sustainability.
    • Providing an average of almost 50 hours of training per associate – for a total of more than one million training hours. These and other associate programs and benefits contributed to Shaw being recognized among Forbes’ America’s Best Employers 2015, Elearning magazine’s Learning100!,Training magazine’s Top 125 as well as being Great Places to Work certified.
    • Contributing more than 67,000 hours of volunteer time and more than $4.7 million to organizations that impact people’s lives in the communities where the company operates.
    • The company’s ongoing commitment to a culture of inclusion, demonstrated through their investment in the Women’s Innovation Network (WiN), ShawVet, and unconscious bias education.

    “While we remain steadfastly focused on our 2030 goals, we are perpetually assessing whether they are reflective of our priorities and operations, that they are material for us and what matters most to our customers, associates and other stakeholders,” said Paul Murray, Shaw Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs. “We will continue to look for opportunities to listen and learn as we develop innovative products, processes and programs.”
     
    Shaw’s sustainability report follows the Global Reporting Initiative framework and is third party assured by Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
     
    View Shaw’s 2015 Sustainability Report at https://shawinc.com/reports
     
    About Shaw Industries
    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. offers a diverse portfolio of carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide via its brands Anderson, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Hospitality, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens, Tuftex and more.
     
    Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with $4.8 billion in annual sales. The company employs approximately 22,000 associates with offices; R&D, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution locations; product showrooms; and/or salespeople throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawinc.com.
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  • Shaw Breaks Ground on Commercial Create Centre

    June 24, 2016

    • Groundbreaking on three-story, 67,000 square foot Create Centre in Cartersville, Ga.

    Shaw Breaks Ground on Commercial Create Centre

    67,000 square foot Centre for design, innovation and collaboration to extend client-centric approach

    Cartersville, Ga. – June 24, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group Inc. (Shaw) broke ground on its three-story, 67,000 square foot Create Centre in Cartersville, Ga. on Friday, June 24. Scheduled for completion in late 2017, the Centre will house the commercial division’s marketing, design and innovation associates – including its Patcraft and Shaw Contract teams.
     
    The Create Centre will offer a stimulating, storytelling environment that is a catalyst for growth and innovation across Shaw’s commercial business. Envisioned to inspire Shaw’s talented professionals, the Centre also will serve as a tool in recruiting new talent as the company continues to grow.
     
    This new building will be located near Shaw Plant 94, where the company’s commercial design and marketing teams along with manufacturing for Shaw’s custom business are currently located. That facility will continue its custom manufacturing operations and will become home to Shaw’s Custom Design Studio and hospitality customer service teams once the Create Centre is complete. The addition of the Create Centre will enhance Shaw’s ability to provide design excellence with multiple disciplines delivering against Shaw’s client-centric approach.
     
    “We find value in locating manufacturing, design, marketing and others in close proximity to one another – in the same region, the same state or in this instance the same county,” says Shaw President Randy Merritt. “We’ve found that it sparks new ideas, greater information sharing, and more meaningful engagement with one another. The Create Centre will be an important tool in supporting our vision of growth for our commercial business including global expansion and domestic market leadership.”
     
    The new workspace will provide a collaborative environment that facilitates the sharing of ideas; that ignites fresh thinking; that fosters Shaw’s culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion; and that showcases Shaw Contract and Patcraft’s design and performance leadership.
     
    Designed by architecture firm Gensler, the Centre is expected to be USGBC LEED certified and will feature ample daylight and open collaborative spaces. “This building will be as beautiful as it is functional and sustainable, much like our own products,” notes Brenda Knowles, vice president of marketing, Shaw commercial division. “We are committed to continuously providing clients with the best solutions for their projects, and the Create Centre will provide the ideal setting for our talented team members to create, dream, collaborate, and solve challenges.”
     
    This $24 million facility represents Shaw’s ongoing investment in its commercial business. In the past few years, Shaw has significantly grown its commercial sales team; opened new showrooms throughout the world; and invested more than $85 million in an additional carpet tile manufacturing facility, which will open in Adairsville, Ga. later this year.
     
    “Shaw is Bartow County’s largest employer with more than 3,100 associates working here,” remarks Cartersville Mayor Matt Santini. “We’re proud to see the company continue to thrive and invest in the community. It’s a demonstration of the city and county’s ongoing efforts to promote the growth of existing businesses in addition to attracting new companies and industries to the area.”

  • Shaw Industries Selected As A Top Global Learning Organization by Elearning! Magazine

    June 10, 2016

    Shaw Industries Selected As A Top Global Learning Organization by Elearning! Magazine

    Company Ranks 11th, Making The List For The Sixth Consecutive Year

    Dalton, Ga. – June 10, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw), a leading floorcovering provider, ranked 11th on Elearning! Magazine’s 2016 Learning! 100.

    Honored for the sixth consecutive year, Shaw is among the top learning organizations recognized for high performance, organizational culture, innovation and collaboration. The Learning! 100 are comprised of 60 corporate enterprises and 40 public sector organizations.

    In 2015, Shaw delivered more than 1 million hours of training – an average of almost 50 hours per associate.

    “Shaw invests millions of dollars in associate training annually. We are committed to providing skills training and professional development at every stage of an associate’s career to help them reach their full personal and professional potential,” notes Danny Crutchfield, Shaw director of corporate training. “We continually adapt content and delivery methods to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s workforce and foster a culture of innovation.”

    In addition to the Learning! 100, Shaw’s education and training efforts have been recognized by Fortune Magazine, Forbes Magazine, and most recently Training Magazine, which honored Shaw for the 12th consecutive year for excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.

  • Shaw Industries Completes Expansion of Hardwood Flooring Manufacturing Facility in South Pittsburg

    April 20, 2016

    Shaw Industries Completes Expansion of Hardwood Flooring Manufacturing Facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn.

    $40 Million Investment Increases Capacity 60 Percent, Adds Jobs

    Dalton, Ga. and South Pittsburg, Tenn. – April 20, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has completed the expansion of its hardwood flooring manufacturing facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn., to meet the growing demand for its engineered hardwood flooring products.

    The $40 million investment adds more than 60 percent capacity to the existing hardwood manufacturing facility as well as dozens of jobs over the past several months as new equipment and production lines have come on line.

    “The expansion of our South Pittsburg engineered hardwood facility is a prime example of our continued investment in new product development and advanced manufacturing practices,” notes Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “Hardwood is important to Shaw’s business growth strategy.”

    The announcement represents the company’s ongoing alignment with market demands and preferences. In 2006, Shaw transformed this former yarn plant into one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced hardwood flooring manufacturing facilities across Shaw’s entire portfolio – and the largest engineered hardwood facility of its kind in the world. In 2015, the company introduced a significant product innovation with EPIC® Plus built with Stabilitek, a next generation engineered hardwood that offers superior performance on high-moisture concrete slabs often found in today’s homes as a result of rapid construction schedules.

    Additionally, in recent years, the company has invested in technology, innovation and automation to improve efficiency, product performance, cost, safety, material yield and waste reduction at its hardwood facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. As a result of this keen focus on its hardwood business, Shaw has become the second largest and fastest growing hardwood manufacturer in the market – having entered the hardwood flooring business just a decade ago.

    “We have invested heavily in hardwood in recent years – from styling and service to manufacturing and marketing,” states Scott Sandlin, Shaw Vice President of Hard Surfaces. “This ongoing investment offers numerous benefits to consumers, retailers, builders, and interior designers, including a wide range of looks and finishes to match ever-evolving customer preferences, and durable products to withstand today’s busy lifestyles. We will continue to invest in the category toward our goal of being the unquestioned leader in wood flooring.”

  • Shaw Industries Among Best Places to Work for Recent Grads in 2016

    April 16, 2016

    Shaw Industries Among Best Places to Work for Recent Grads in 2016

    Dalton, Ga. – April 16, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has ranked among the top 25 Best Places to Work for Recent Grads in 2016.

    Employers across the country participated in Symplicity’s Best Places to Work for Recent Grads survey. The top 25 employers were chosen based upon six key criteria: Glassdoor.com ratings, work/life balance, benefits, company culture, mentoring, and training.

    The survey revealed that the diversity that exists among Shaw’s associates coupled with the breadth of opportunities within the company lends itself exceedingly to feelings of opportunity and a sense of being valued for past successes as well as future potential. Also commonly attributed to the company’s positive culture is the focus on a collaborative and inclusive workplace. Shaw’s top ranked training programs were also cited as a key factor in the ranking and in associate satisfaction.

    “By clearly defining how each role at Shaw connects with and contributes to the organization’s goals, we are able to provide clarity around leadership expectations at every level and offer education and training to help associates reach their full potential,” states Shaw Vice President of Human Resources Paul Richard. “Shaw’s inclusion in this list is one of many indicators that our success in providing opportunities for associates at all levels is highly regarded by our newest team members.”

    For information on career opportunities available with Shaw Industries, visit www.shawfloors.jobs.

  • Shaw Encourages the Development of STEM Skills

    March 21, 2016

    Shaw Encourages the Development of STEM Skills

    Company supports FIRST® programs to foster innovation and cultivate workforce of tomorrow

    Dalton, GA. – March 21, 2016 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has extended its extensive educational partnership program to include mentoring and sponsorship of FIRST® Robotics Competition and FIRST® Tech Challenge events and/or teams in Georgia. The company has long supported programs from reading to robotics to help cultivate the workforce of the future – to foster innovation and to help create a better future for the communities in which it operates.

    With more than $1 billion invested in new equipment, technology and processes over the past few years, Shaw’s operations are more complex than ever. As the company focuses on innovation for its products, services and processes, it needs designers and data scientists, engineers and electricians, machinists and marketers with a higher skill level than in the past.

    FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization started by Segway inventor, Dean Kamen that aims to inspire young people to participate in science and technology.

    Shaw’s support of the organization in 2016 includes:

    • Providing mentors and financial support to individual teams including the Cartersville High School FIRST Tech Challenge team and Northwest Georgia College and Career Academy FIRST Robotics Competition team.
    • Sponsoring and providing volunteer judges and other significant on-site support at the FIRST Robotics Competition qualifier event held in Dalton March 18-19, 2016, which featured dozens of teams from north Georgia – including metro Atlanta, Rome, Dalton and Toccoa.

    “At Shaw, we’re looking for the next innovators, problem solvers, and creative thinkers – people like all of the incredible students competing in FIRST events,” said Brian Cooksey, Shaw’s director of operations training and development. “I’ve been impressed by the creative ideas and fresh thinking these young men and women are bringing forth.”

    For Shaw, FIRST is one of many ways it works to build the workforce of the future. The company has fostered an expansive array of education programs to provide students from early education through college with skills and training necessary to take advantage of the next generation of manufacturing careers.

    Such STEM-focused programs supported by Shaw include:

    • Camp D.E.M. (Design, Engineering & Manufacturing), an annual, week-long summer camp for middle school students that educates about career opportunities in manufacturing through hands-on learning, and;
    • Great Promise Partnership, which helps high school students earn their diplomas through paid, on-the-job training while emphasizing real-world skills, mentoring and goal setting.

    “We are committed to shifting the image kids have about manufacturing and, in doing so, we believe we will help change the game in workforce development and create even better products and services for our customers,” said Cooksey.

  • Shaw Floors Featured in Greenbuild Show Home

    November 18, 2015

    Shaw Floors Featured in Greenbuild Show Home

    LEED Platinum* Home Features Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Products

    Washington, D.C. – November 18, 2015 – The 2015 Greenbuild show home features sustainable engineered hardwood and custom area rugs from Shaw Industries.

    The 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home–a 1,620-square-foot demonstration show home – is on display at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, in Washington, DC. November 18-19, 2015. The home showcases how high-quality design, engineering, and construction can be combined with practical and affordable features and state-of-the-art products and technologies to maximize a home’s performance, resilience, and sustainability, while enhancing the comfort, health, and security of those who live there.

    BUILDER® magazine used these principles in selecting the team of building experts that includes New Hampshire-based builder Unity Homes and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute®, along with hand-selected product manufacturers and technical consultants. The end result, based on Unity’s affordable contemporary Zŭm model, will be a LEED Platinum*, WaterSense certified, net zero-energy demonstration project that includes a full array of Cradle to Cradle-certified products.

    “Sixty-six percent (66%) of the products Shaw manufactures are Cradle to Cradle Certified,” states Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw Industries. “The 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home showcases to tens of thousands of building industry professionals the beautiful, durable, sustainable products available to create high quality homes with materials that have met stringent standards for material health, material reuse, energy and water stewardship and social responsibility.”

    Shaw products featured in the home:

    EPIC® Plus Engineered Hardwood
    Style – Mineral King
    Color – Crystal Cave
    All EPIC® Plus products are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver and meet GREENGUARD indoor air quality requirements.

    Just as the successful launch of EPIC® changed the hardwood industry back in 2006, Shaw’s latest breakthrough EPIC® Plus built with StabilitekTM is changing the industry yet again. StabilitekTM core is built for high performance and lasting durability. Constructed from wood fibers bonded with proprietary chemistry, StabilitekTM holds up to the challenges of climate fluctuation and sub floor moisture. Glue down, float, nail or staple installation is simple with our newly designed tongue-and-groove system that ensures quick, easy installation and provides joint integrity.

    Shaw’s award winning design team has crafted a collection of 50 new EPIC Plus styles. Featuring stunning designs in oak, cherry, maple & hickory, EPIC Plus is available in 3”, 5”, 6 3/8” and mixed widths to create a variety of distinctive looks.

    Custom Area Rugs
    Collection: Life Happens™
    Styles: It’s All Good & Quite Durable
    Color: Opulence
    Sizes: 11’x16’, 8’x10’, and 6’x8’
    Fabric trim in color Khaki

    The Life Happens collection features LifeGuard™, a revolutionary carpet protection system that covers the entire product, from face fiber to backing. Carpets featuring LifeGuard are treated with Shaw’s patented R2X® Stain and Soil Resistance Protection, the standard of excellence in the industry, while a patented 100% thermoplastic commercial-grade backing provides a moisture barrier that is highly resistant to liquids soaking into the carpet padding and subfloor. All Shaw nylon carpet is Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM Silver.

    Shaw’s Cut-A-RugTM program offers consumers the opportunity to create a rug from our carpet collections and to customize that rug with the shape, size, color and trim of their choice. This helps them create an even more special ambiance in their home and plays into the trend of customization and having your home reflect your personality.

    Learn more about the 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home, in Builder Magazine: Construction Starts on The 2015 Greenbuild Unity Home.

    To learn more about the expansive portfolio of sustainable products available from Shaw Floors, visitshawfloors.com and learn more about Shaw Industries’ sustainability initiatives at sustainability.shawinc.com.

  • US Department of Energy Honors Shaw Industries for Achieving 25% Energy Reduction

    October 21, 2015

    US Department of Energy Honors Shaw Industries for Achieving 25% Energy Reduction

    Manufacturers in U.S. Energy Department’s Better Plants Program Save More Than $2 Billion in Energy Costs

    Dalton, GA – October 21, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Energy recognized Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) for contributing to the $2.4 billion in energy cost savings cumulated by U.S. manufacturers participating in the Better Plants® program. Shaw was one of nine companies recognized for achieving its goal this year by improving energy intensity by 33 percent over seven years across 105 U.S. facilities.
     
    “We are proud to be part of the Better Plants Program. Shaw’s energy reduction strategy is one of the cornerstones of our ongoing sustainability efforts,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “We remain focused on reducing the amount of energy used to manufacture our products both to decrease the amount of emissions impacting our environment and to decrease our costs.”
    Close to 160 industrial organizations representing more than 2,400 facilities are partnering with the Energy Department through Better Plants. Together, these partners consume about 2.2 quadrillion BTUs of energy, which is approximately 11.4 percent of the U.S. manufacturing sector’s total use, or about the same as the state of Tennessee’s annual energy consumption.
     
    “When companies save energy, they also save money and reduce harmful carbon pollution,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “This is especially true in the manufacturing sector, where energy costs are often a significant contributor to total operating costs. Manufacturers participating in the Better Plants program, including our new partners in the water and wastewater treatment sector, are leading the way in showing how energy efficiency is a smart business strategy, as well as a smart conservation strategy that will help to protect our environment for future generations.”
     
    Other companies recognized include 3M, Ingersoll Rand, Johnson & Johnson and Roche Diagnostics among others.
     
    Better Buildings, Better Plants
     
    The Better Buildings, Better Plants program is part of President Obama’s broader Better Buildings Initiative, which Drives American commercial and industrial buildings to become at least 20 percent more energy efficient over the next 10 years. The Initiative also includes the Better Buildings Challenge through which U.S. companies, universities, school districts, multifamily housing owners, and state and local governments have committed to reducing energy use across their building portfolios by 20 percent or more. “Better Plants” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Energy.
     
    The accomplishments announced today are summarized in the Energy Department’s Fall 2015 Better Plants Progress Update, available HERE.
     

  • Two Shaw Facilities Achieve LEED Certification

    September 18, 2015

    Two Shaw Facilities Achieve LEED Certification

    Dalton, GA. – September 18, 2015 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has achieved the USGBC’s LEED Silver designation for Plant 72, an administrative building on the corporate campus, and for the Shaw Family Health Center, both located in Dalton, Ga.
    Recognized globally as the premier mark of achievement in green building, LEED certification requires that building projects meet specific thresholds to achieve different levels (Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum). Points are accrued in five green design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality.
     
    “These LEED certifications are a testament to Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability. We are focused on designing and operating our facilities to minimize environmental impact and maintain ongoing comfort and efficiency,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw.
     
    Receiving recognition under the LEED O+M Existing Building category, Plant 72 is approximately 152,000-square-foot office building located on the company’s headquarters campus. Housing numerous corporate functions, the property is Shaw’s largest office building. The approximately 10,000-square-foot Shaw Family Health Center received certification in the LEED BD+C New Construction category and is a full service medical clinic for Shaw associates and their families.
     
    These facilities join Shaw’s existing portfolio of LEED certified buildings including Plant 95 and Re2E also in Dalton; a carpet tile manufacturing facility in Nantong, China; a Shaw Contract Group sales office in Shanghai, China; and Patcraft’s Chicago showroom. Also, earlier this year, Shaw Contract Group’s new London showroom, Hub 33, achieved Silver certification from Ska Rating, an environmental assessment tool for sustainable fit-outs within the U.K., adding to Shaw’s green building achievements.
     
    For more information about Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability, visit http://sustainability.shawinc.com.
     

  • Shaw Industries Named a Finalist for Technology Innovation Award

    October 12, 2015

    Shaw Industries Named a Finalist for Technology Innovation Award

    Dalton, GA. – October 12, 2015 –Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) is a finalist in the Technology Association of Georgia’s (TAG) 2015 Excalibur Awards for Most Creative Solution. TAG, the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, developed the awards to recognize Georgia’s most innovative tech-enabled companies and organizations.
     
    Shaw Floors, the residential division of Shaw Industries, developed the FloorvanaTM app to improve the flooring selection experience for consumers and to support the thousands of retailers who sell Shaw’s products.
     
    “These LEED certifications are a testament to Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability. We are focused on designing and operating our facilities to minimize environmental impact and maintain ongoing comfort and efficiency,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw.
     
    “Our research showed that the vast majority of consumers shop for flooring with a point of inspiration, whether a color they want to match from a fabric, another flooring sample or possibly a room image on Houzz or Pinterest. The Floorvana app helps flooring retailers provide great service by connecting directly to products that bring customers’ inspirations to life,” said Kathy Young, vice president, residential marketing services.
    With the Floorvana app, a consumer can upload a photo of the room in which the flooring would go, or a photo of a fabric in or the room or another inspirational image. Once a photo is uploaded to Floorvana, consumers can instantly create a color palette, and find color selections across all flooring categories to match. They can also save and share their favorites along the way.
     
    Launched in January of this year, Shaw introduced a customized dealer version mid-year,creating an even more effective in-store and shop-at-home selling tool for retailers. Branded with the retailers’ store name and featuring only the products and style names it sells, Floorvana is a “showroom in your pocket” with proven success in improving the shopping experience for consumers and the satisfaction and/or conversion rate with retailers.
     
    “We’re committed to develop innovations to take our retailers to the next level and especially reach their customers in new and exciting ways,” said Misty Hodge, Shaw’s director of digital platforms, residential marketing. “We continue to employ technology to improve how people shop for flooring and how they customize their home as an expression of who they are. I’m proud to work with such a creative and innovative team.”
    Shaw was selected from among more than 60 applications submitted by companies and organizations from across Georgia. Winners are selected from among the finalists and will be officially recognized at the 2015 Excalibur Awards ceremony on October 23, 2015 at the Georgia Aquarium.
     
    “We are truly pleased to honor the recipients of the 2015 Excalibur Awards,” said Tino Mantella, president & CEO of TAG. “This year’s competition was fierce, as we had our largest and best group of entrees since our event’s origin. We believe celebrating these tech-enabled companies and organizations strengthens our message of Georgia’s emerging position as a national leader in technology.”
     
    The Annual Excalibur Awards celebrates Georgia companies and organizations that demonstrate the best use of technology, typically provided by a third-party, to solve complex issues and processes in business and education. Tech-enabled companies that develop their own non-commercial technology solutions to enhance their organization are also consideredfor the awards, which are presented by TAG in collaboration with the Business and Technology Alliance of TAG (B&TA).
     
    About The Technology Association of Georgia
     
    TAG is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 30,000 members through regional chapters in Metro Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon/Middle Georgia, and Savannah. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy.
     
    The association provides networking and educational programs; celebrates Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. TAG hosts over 200 events each year and serves as an umbrella organization for 34 professional societies. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive.
     
    For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.hubga.com.

  • Shaw Industries Increases Its Equity Stake In Watershed GeoSynthetics LLC

    August 26, 2015

    Shaw Industries Increases Its Equity Stake In Watershed GeoSynthetics LLC

    Investing in Sales Growth & Innovative Products

    Columbia, S.C. – August 26, 2015 – – Shaw Industries is pleased to announce it has significantly increased its investment in Watershed Geosynthetics LLC (WatershedGeo).
     
    This increased equity stake ensures Watershed Geo is well-capitalized to address the sizeable environmental and civil markets served by its current product portfolio and other innovations currently being developed. The additional investment will be used to build a highly talented sales and marketing team capable of driving growth, while increasing its commitment of being a leading technical industry resource and innovator of environmental and civil products.
     
    In addition, Shaw brings tremendous resources to WatershedGeo through its extensive research and development experience and enhanced innovative manufacturing capabilities.
     
    “WatershedGeo has demonstrated the ability to widen the moat with its innovative patented array of products servicing the environmental and civil engineering sectors of the market. This increased investment illustrates our commitment to driving the growth of this business and expanding Shaw’s reach to those sectors,” stated Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO of Shaw Industries.
     
    Shaw originally took an equity stake in WatershedGeo in October 2011, when WatershedGeo’s stable of products included only ClosureTurf®, its landfill final closure capping solution.
     
    A significant part of WatershedGeo’s success is attributed to alliances with top-tier manufacturers such as Shaw Industries with its expertise in woven, non-woven and tufted textiles, and Agru America, a worldwide leading manufacturer of geomembranes.
    Over the last four years, WatershedGeo has expanded its product line with multiple U.S. and international patents and patent-pending products for soil erosion, water conservation, earth wall stabilization, including two recent patent issuances for HydroTurf® Earth Revetment Systems and Landfill Gas Collection and Relief Valves.
     
    “Shaw’s commitment to our business has been invaluable to us throughout our four-year relationship, and this investment serves to both validate their faith in our business and provide us the resources we need to add the necessary capital to directly drive sales growth and continued innovation of industry-changing solutions,” said Mike Ayers, President and CEO of WatershedGeo.
     
    About Watershed Geosynthetics LLC
     
    Based in Alpharetta, GA, Watershed Geosynthetics (WatershedGeo) is an innovative environmental and civil technologies company specializing in engineered products that solve earth’s greatest challenges with solutions that reduce risks, require virtually no maintenance and stand the test of time. WatershedGeo’s solutions far exceed the performance of traditional methods, with validation through the highest levels of testing. Through best-in-class materials and extreme engineering, WatershedGeo’s goal is to unearth solutions that eliminate plaguing industry issues that reduce environmental and financial liabilities. The company’s geotechnical engineers and hydrologists have worked with multiple universities and private research labs to achieve unprecedented performance for its products.
     
    WatershedGeo’s stable of products include but are not limited to:
     

    • ClosureTurf® (municipal and industrial landfill closures and coal combustion residual landfill/impoundment closures)
    • HydroTurf® (high hydraulic shear protections – Earth Revetment)
    • VersaCap® (odor prevention, emission control, and leachate reduction)
    • Landfill Gas low pressure valves (GCCS system shutdown protection)
    • TerraArmor™ Wall (Earth wall and slope protection and rehabilitation)

     
    For more information visit Watershed Geo at: www.watershedgeo.com or ‘Follow’ us on Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/watershed-geosynthetics.

  • Shaw to Expand South Carolina Carpet Fiber Plant

    August 26, 2015

    Shaw to Expand South Carolina Carpet Fiber Plant

    $45 million investment to add to fiber production capabilities

    Columbia, S.C. – August 26, 2015 – – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has announced it is investing at least $45 million in its Lexington County, S.C. carpet fiber plant for additional capacity for both nylon and polyester production. The investment will create more than 50 new jobs.
     
    “We’re excited to congratulate Shaw Industries on the decision to expand its operations in South Carolina,” said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “This $45 million investment and plans to create more than 50 new jobs is terrific news for our manufacturing industry, Lexington County and our state as a whole. We look forward to watching Shaw continue to grow here in South Carolina and around the world for many years to come.”
     
    The plant’s new polyester extrusion operations will include the use of recycled plastic beverage bottles — expanding Shaw’s use of the material. On average, Shaw recycles three billion plastic drink bottles annually at its Clear Path Recycling facility in Fayetteville, N.C., a joint-venture with DAK Americas. Fiber made from that recycled plastic is used in Shaw’s ClearTouch® residential carpet products. This keeps a significant volume of waste out of the landfill and saves 1.9 trillion BTUs of energy each year – enough energy to power more than 51,000 U.S. homes a year (based on the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer in 2013).
    Production on the new equipment will begin at the Lexington County plant in the fourth quarter of 2015. In the past TWO years, Shaw has committed more than $600 million in capital investments to enhance its operations, including $350 million in expansions that will add 1,000 new jobs in the U.S. to its hardwood, carpet tile and resilient manufacturing as well as other key growth areas as those facilities reach full capacity.
     
    “By continuing to invest in our people, processes and products, Shaw is able to provide a diverse product mix, innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell.
     
    “As a leader in the manufacturing renaissance, the Palmetto State experienced a 13.5 percent increase in manufacturing job growth over the last four years,” notes South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “Today’s announcement by Shaw Industries is proof that, with our positive business climate and world-class workforce, South Carolina’s success in manufacturing will only continue.”
     
    Shaw acquired and began operating the Lexington County site from Honeywell International, Inc. in 2005. The plant employs approximately 290 associates. Shaw operates seven plants in South Carolina, employing more than 1,500 associates statewide. Those interested in joining the Shaw Industries team should visit the company’s jobs page online.
     
    “We are extremely pleased that Shaw Industries, a global leader in flooring products, is desirous of expanding its Lexington County facility. This new venture by Shaw proves that the Company’s top management has faith in Lexington County’s leadership as well as its workforce. Lexington County Council remains committed to providing an atmosphere that fosters growth for our long term existing industries,” said Lexington County Chairman Johnny Jeffcoat.
     
    Central S.C. Alliance Chairman Mike Brenan stated, “On behalf of the Central SC Alliance, we congratulate Shaw Industries on their continued innovative practices and on their recent announcement of an expanded extrusion operation. Shaw Industries has been a vital manufacturing facility in Lexington County for nearly a decade, and we look forward to their continued growth.”
     

  • Shaw Carpet Recycling Facility Successfully Processes Nylon and Polyester

    July 13, 2015

    Shaw Carpet Recycling Facility Successfully Processes Nylon and Polyester

    $20 million investment in Evergreen Ringgold expands the company’s capabilities

    Dalton, Ga. – July 13, 2015 – – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has enhanced its robust carpet reclamation and recycling program with the opening of its new Evergreen Ringgold facility, which can recycle nylon and polyester fiber.
     
    This investment of more than $20 million in carpet recycling illustrates the company’s continued commitment to converting what has historically been seen as waste into a resource. Shaw will create at least 70 new full-time jobs as the facility reaches full capacity. With this scalable and flexible solution in operation, Shaw will retire its Evergreen Augusta facility in favor of new technology that better meets current and future market needs.
     
    “Shaw continues to innovate and expand our portfolio of carpet recycling solutions. Evergreen Ringgold represents a significant step forward and is enhanced by what we’ve learned over the past decade at Evergreen Augusta – and from our strong working relationships with post- consumer carpet collectors throughout the country,” states Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and CEO. “Evergreen Augusta served Shaw and our industry well. Evergreen Ringgold enhances the long-term impact we can have, including the ability to recycle a wider array of materials.”
     
    Located in what was previously Shaw Plant 37 – a rug distribution center, Evergreen Ringgold began operations in May and has successfully processed nylon and polyester fibers showcasing opportunities for previously untapped markets for recycled material. Evergreen Augusta will cease operations on September 1, 2015. DSM Chemicals North America LLC operated the Evergreen Augusta facility. Shaw will work with its two associates employed at the plant to find other opportunities within the company. As a joint venture partner with DSM Chemicals North America LLC in the operation of Georgia Monomers Company LLC, Shaw remains committed to the relationship and the production of raw materials on the Augusta site.
     
    Guided by Cradle to Cradle principles, Shaw has led the establishment of infrastructure to reclaim and recycle as much end-of-life carpet as possible. Shaw has reclaimed and recycled more than 800 million pounds (360 million kilograms) of post-consumer carpet since 2006. Over that time, Shaw has introduced a portfolio of products and processes to support its customers’ sustainability priorities.
     
    With the rise in demand for polyester carpet, new processes were paramount to Shaw’s ability to find viable solutions for carpet that has reached the end of its useful life. Evergreen Ringgold creates a high purity post-consumer recycled material that can be used in a broad range of applications. Joining the company’s elutriation, carpet-to-energy, and waste-to-energy processes, Evergreen Ringgold once again expands and diversifies Shaw’s portfolio of recycling solutions allowing the company to employ the best possible use for the materials it reclaims.
     
    “We will continue to invest in new sustainability innovations to support our robust reclamation and recycling program,” notes Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “That includes maintaining our steadfast focus on designing with the end in mind and finding the best possible solutions for carpet already in the marketplace.“
     
    Every Material, Every Process, Every Action. Designed for a Better Future: It’s Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability. To continue to be a sustainability leader, Shaw engages with stakeholders and the market to anticipate and respond to ever-changing sustainability priorities. The company innovates by taking risks and learning from them. Guided by Cradle to Cradle, Shaw employs a diverse portfolio of sustainability solutions.
    Shaw’s continued investment in recycling technology demonstrates this approach to sustainability, including the company’s commitment to Cradle to Cradle designed products and a more circular economy. As Shaw’s portfolio of recycling investments continues to expand, so does its portfolio of Cradle to Cradle certified products. In 2014, 66 percent of the sales of Shaw manufactured products are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM.
     

  • Shaw Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 List for 11th Consecutive Year

    February 11, 2015

    Shaw Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 List for 11th Consecutive Year

    Dalton, Ga. – February 11, 2015 – – Shaw Industries, Inc. has been recognized by Training magazine as a “Training Top 125” company for 2015, marking Shaw’s eleventh consecutive year on the list. Training Top 125 ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs
     
    The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.
     
    Shaw’s education and training efforts have consistently been recognized for high performance. In addition to being among the Training Top 125, the company ranked:
     

    • No. 4 in the most recent Elearning! magazine’s Learning! 100. Honored for the fourth consecutive year, Shaw was among top learning organizations cited for high performance, organizational culture, innovation and collaboration.
    • No. 13 on the latest Selling Power 50 Best Companies to Sell For list. The only flooring manufacturer on the list, Shaw was rated based upon revenue and growth; sales compensation packages; sales culture; onboarding and sales enablement strategies; the training and coaching process; annual turnover percentage; and company recognition and reputation.

     
    “Shaw’s associates are at the heart of the company’s success and our ability to create great products and provide superb service,” notes Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s director of corporate training and organizational development. “We’re honored that Shaw and the Shaw Learning Academy have been recognized again for our ongoing efforts to advance and invest in our associates’ personal and professional development and the success of our customers.”
     
    Shaw’s education and training efforts extend beyond its 23,000 associates to customers, the community, and the future workforce.
     
    Recognizing that Shaw’s and retailers’ success are inextricably linked, Shaw’s comprehensive and customized programs offer education and training to help retailers meet their business objectives. More than 15,000 customers engage with the Shaw Learning Academy each year through regional training, online sessions, markets, the Shaw Flooring Network Convention, and other offerings.
     
    Additionally, as Training magazine highlights, with more than $1 billion invested in new equipment, new technology and new processes over the past few years, almost every job at Shaw — from designers and data scientists to machinists and managers — requires a higher skill level than before. As a result, Shaw has helped develop an array of education programs to ensure the company has the highly skilled workforce necessary to meet current and future business demands. From reading to robotics, these partnerships with state and local governments, academic institutions (K-12 and higher education), and local communities are addressing the growing skills gap in U.S. manufacturing.
     
    About The Shaw Learning Academy
     
    The Shaw Learning Academy was established nearly 20 years ago as a single sales training program and has since evolved into eight “Centers of Excellence” whose mission is, in part, to partner with internal and external clients to help achieve the objectives of the business by delivering world-class development opportunities and training services.

  • Shaw Industries Releases 2013 Sustainability Report

    July 15, 2014

    Shaw Industries Releases 2013 Sustainability Report

    Report Highlights Commitment To Associates, Communities And The Circular Economy

    Dalton, Ga. – July 15, 2014 – – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) today released its sixth annual sustainability report.
     
    “We committed to significant investment in business expansion and continued to advance our sustainable business strategy in 2013,” says Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “Sustainability at Shaw means driving innovation into the business, protecting and efficiently using resources, and actively engaging with our associates, customers and communities while focusing on long-term financial success.”
     
    Shaw’s 2013 sustainability report highlights:

    • The company’s approach and continued commitment to the circular economy
    • The significant milestone of recycling more than 700 million pounds of carpet
    • Achieving 64 percent of product sales from Cradle to Cradle Certified products
    • A continued dedication to transparency through Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)
    • Strategic community and education partnerships to cultivate the workforce of the future and foster local economic development
    • An investment of $20 million in energy and greenhouse gas reductions through efficient equipment and systems in recent years
    • The installation of a 1MW solar panel system – one of the largest commercial installations in the Southeastern U.S. – on the roof of Shaw’s carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga.
    • Donations valued at nearly $4 million dollars to community and nonprofit
    • An investment of $350 million in expanded or enhanced carpet tile, hardwood, LVT, extrusion and distribution operations and the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs in coming years as a result
    • The grand opening of a new carpet tile plant in Nantong, China to serve Asia
     
    “Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability includes a strategic focus on our associates, customers and communities, products and operations through the lens of people, planet and profit,” states Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “This report highlights the tremendous energy the company and all associates devote to work to create a better future.”
     
    Shaw continues to work toward its 2030 sustainability goals to:
    • Reduce energy intensity 40 percent
    • Reduce total waste to landfills 100 percent
    • Reduce hazardous waste 100 percent
    • Reduce water intensity 50 percent
    • Achieve an OSHA incident rate of zero
    • Design 100 percent of products to Cradle to Cradle protocols

     
    The report was prepared at the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 3.1 Application Level B. It received an independent assurance review by Deloitte and Touche LLP to achieve an overall GRI level of B+. The current and previous reports can be found online at press.shawinc.com/sustainabilityreport.

  • New Shaw Evergreen Facility in Ringgold, Ga., To Recycle Multiple Fiber Types

    June 23, 2014

    New Shaw Evergreen Facility in Ringgold, Ga., To Recycle Multiple Fiber Types

    Facility to Enhance Reclamation Effort That Has Recycled More Than 700 Million Pounds of Carpet Since 2006

    Dalton, Ga. – June 23, 2014 – Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced today that Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) will expand its robust reclamation and recycling program to include a new Evergreen facility in Ringgold, Ga. The Berkshire Hathaway company will create at least 70 new full-time jobs and invest over $17 million into the facility.
     
    “Shaw’s expansion is another testament to why Georgia is the No. 1 place for business,” said Deal. “This company has played a major role in establishing Georgia as a leader in the floor covering sector. Through its commitment to the use of more sustainable materials, I am confident that Shaw will continue to keep up with ever-changing demands through Georgia’s top-ranked business climate.”
     
    “The development of Evergreen Ringgold is the latest example of Shaw’s sustainable business strategy at work,” notes Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “This addition to our recycling portfolio reflects our continued efforts to drive innovation into the business and to protect and make efficient use of resources while focusing on long-term financial success.”
     
    The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw has recycled more than 700 million pounds of carpet since 2006 via the company’s take-back program and an expansive reclamation network. As an addition to Shaw’s portfolio of recycling solutions, Evergreen Ringgold will give the company a flexible recycling solution that is capable of recycling nylon and polyester carpet.
     
    Complementing Shaw’s industry-leading, carpet recycling portfolio, Evergreen Ringgold will create a high purity post-consumer recycled material that can be used in a broad range of applications. The facility will be operational in 2015 and will be located in what was previously Shaw Plant 37 – a rug distribution center.
     
    “Evergreen Ringgold expands our efforts to keep end-of-use carpet out of landfills,” states Paul Murray, Shaw Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs. “By expanding our recycling portfolio, we are illustrating our continued commitment to converting something that historically may have been seen as waste into a resource that has a longer life in the economy.”
     
    Shaw’s continued investment in recycling technology demonstrates its commitment to Cradle to Cradle designed products and a more circular economy. As Shaw’s portfolio of recycling investments continues to expand, so does its portfolio of Cradle to Cradle certified products. Sixty-four percent of the products the company sells are Cradle to Cradle certified, and Shaw has committed to 100 percent of its products being designed to Cradle to Cradle protocols by 2030.
     
    Shaw worked closely with the Catoosa County Development Authority, the City of Ringgold and the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD).
    Carl Campbell, GDEcD senior project manager for the existing industry and regional recruitment (EIRR) team, oversaw the project for the state. In addition, Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program, will work with Shaw to ensure its employees receive the proper training to support the company’s recycling investments.
     
    “Shaw has been a valuable longtime partner to the City of Ringgold,” said City of Ringgold Vice-Mayor Nick Millwood. “Their new commitment ensures our community will continue to grow and keep jobs close to home.”
     
    Shaw employs approximately 15,000 associates in its operations throughout Georgia, and the company operates five facilities in Catoosa County.
     
    “Shaw’s decision to expand underscores how leading global companies in Georgia remain competitive in today’s economy,” said GDEcD Commissioner Chris Carr. “As the company continues to benefit from Georgia’s low-cost of doing business and Georgia QuickStart, it’s clear that Georgia is an ideal location for Shaw as the company continues to grow.”
     

  • Shaw Floors Featured in HGTV Smart Home 2014

    April 28, 2014

    Shaw Floors Featured in HGTV Smart Home 2014

    Impeccably Designed Home Features More Than 15 Shaw Floors Products

    Dalton, Ga. – April 28, 2014 – Shaw Floors is the exclusive flooring provider and also a sponsor of the HGTV® Smart Home Giveaway 2014, which kicked off April 15. Shaw, which has been the HGTV Smart Home flooring partner since 2008, provided more than 15 engineered hardwood, carpet, area rugs, and tile products for this year’s home located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tenn.
     
    The English Cottage style HGTV Smart Home 2014, which emphasizes energy-saving features and green living along with the latest developments in home technology, includes:
     

    • Epic Hardwood in Smart Style, color Balance. This hickory engineered hardwood product is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified® and is made with EnviroCore, Shaw’s high-density core board made from recycled post-industrial wood fiber. Using approximately 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional 3/8” engineered flooring, Epic is not only more environmentally friendly but harder, denser, tougher, and more dimensionally stable than many other engineered or solid hardwood products.
    • Caress by Shaw carpet in style Cashmere II, and color Alaskan Musk.The Caress by Shaw collection features Anso® nylon, which offers soft texture, beautiful colors and unique styling while meeting residential performance demands. In addition to offering unmatched softness, the Caress carpet features Shaw’s patented R2X® stain and soil resistance treatment to help preserve the original look and feel of the carpet. Additionally, the carpet is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified® and can be recycled back into carpet at the end of its life.
    • Mosaic accent tile from the Boca collection, in basketweave and hexagonpatterns along with a corresponding pencil liner trim. Boca is a natural stone mosaic tile available in 12”x12” sheets consisting of five tile shapes/patterns: 5/8” microblock, brick, linear, hexagon and basketweave. Each plays into the popular griege (grey/beige) color trend. The collection includes 2”x12” chair rails and 1”x12” pencil liners in four complementary colors.

     
    A complete listing of products installed in the HGTV Smart Home can be found on the Shaw Floors website.
     
    Many of the Shaw Floors products installed in the HGTV Smart Home are part of the HGTV HOME Flooring by Shaw collection, which features an expansive array of beautifully designed, high quality flooring from two trusted and well-recognized home brands – HGTV HOME and Shaw.
     
    “The HGTV Smart Home showcases Shaw’s wide variety of flooring and accent tile collections in an impeccably designed home,” said Heather Yamada, Shaw Floors director of consumer marketing and merchandising. “Not only does one winner get to experience the warmth and comforts of home that our products help create, but the home provides inspiration for millions of homeowners who tour the home virtually via HGTV’s television broadcasts and its website.”
     
    The HGTV Smart Home continues to carry on a tradition of unique viewer interaction and architectural and design showmanship that began with the HGTV Green Home in 2008. Conceived by P. SHEA | DESIGN and constructed by Carbine & Associates, the HGTV Smart Home 2014 is convenient to shopping and outdoor recreation and lies just 15 minutes south of downtown Nashville, a lively community known worldwide for its talented musicians and country music heritage.
     
    “Nashville is so much more than a thriving mecca for musicians. The city has developed a trendy food scene, diverse nightlife and an exceptional quality of life for its residents,” said Jack Thomasson, HGTV professional house planner. “With all the excitement of a bustling city combined with easy access to rolling green hills and lush natural beauty, Nashville is on the cutting edge for what ‘smart living’ means today.”
     
    The HGTV Smart Home 2014 is built to meet the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) TechHome Rating System (THRS), a nationally-recognized specification for residential technology infrastructure. The home also has earned a Silver Level certification from the National Green Building Standard™.
     
    The HGTV Smart Home 2014 Giveaway opened for entries at 9 a.m. ET on April 15 and runs through 5 p.m. ET on June 9. During the giveaway period, eligible viewers can enter twice per day online: once at HGTV.com and once at HGTVRemodels.com, and can sign up for daily email reminders. HGTV Facebook and Twitter fans (#HGTVSmart) can check in for ongoing updates and new details. Fans can visit HGTV.com/smart for a virtual tour of the home and complete official rules.
     
    About HGTV
     
    America’s leading home and lifestyle brand, HGTV features a top-rated cable network that is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and the HGTV website, HGTV.com, the nation’s leading online home-and-garden destination that attracts an average of four million unique visitors per month. The brand also includes the HGTV HOME consumer products line which showcases exclusive collections of paint, flooring, soft goods and other home-oriented products, as well as HGTV Magazine, a new home and lifestyle publication published in partnership with Hearst Magazines.

  • Study Indicates Carpet Can Maintain Indoor Air Quality

    January 7, 2014

    Study Indicates Carpet Can Maintain Indoor Air Quality

    Dalton, GA. – A series of studies indicates that effectively cleaned carpets can trap allergens and other particles, resulting in fewer particles escaping into the air and thus contributing to the maintenance of indoor air quality.
     
    “These studies challenge the long held belief that carpet must adversely impact indoor air quality as it pertains to allergy and asthma sufferers,” said Dr. Bruce Mitchell, Chairman/CEO of Airmid Healthgroup Limited, a leading independent biomedical research organization that conducted the study. “Effectively cleaned carpets have the capacity to trap allergen and microbial particles, making these particles less available to become airborne and thus maintaining indoor air quality. This makes regularly cleaned carpet a choice for families impacted by asthma and allergies.”
     
    The studies, which were presented at the annual meetings of both the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), evaluated several residential hardwood and carpet products. The studies aimed to determine the depth of allergen penetration in carpet, the levels of allergens found in the air and the impact of carpet cleaning on allergen removal. Prior to cleaning, the levels of airborne allergens, such as cat and dust mite allergens, were less for all of the carpets than the hardwood flooring, even after the carpet was repeatedly disturbed.
     
    After cleaning the carpets, a meaningful reduction in allergens occurred in the carpet and the surrounding air. The carpets were cleaned using the industry recommended method, which included vacuuming, cleaning with a cleaning agent, agitation, and hot water extraction.
     
    “These findings add to the existing body of research that indicates that well-maintained and effectively cleaned carpets can be a viable choice for asthma and allergy sufferers,” said Paul Murray, Vice President of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs of Shaw Industries.
     
    These studies were supported by Shaw Industries, the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider. They were conducted by Airmid Healthgroup Limited, a leading independent biomedical and aerobiological research organization that helps leading companies develop, innovate and differentiate their products and services through the delivery of market relevant, health based data.
     
    About Airmid
     
    Airmid helps clients with products and services related to the built environment to differentiate their customer offerings through health relevant marketing claims. They create value for them through a number of collaborative strategies including field research projects, environmental test chamber studies and licensing our own intellectual property. Airmid specializes in studying the relationship between allergens, viruses, bacteria, molds or other ultra—fine particles in the air and on surfaces to the spread on illness and disease in buildings. As a leading authority on bio—medical and aerobiology research they use this deep domain knowledge to improve products and services to make the built environment as healthy as possible. For more information visit www.airmidhealthgroup.com.
     

  • Shaw Industries to Exit Area Rug Business Converting Ringgold, Ga. facility to Luxury Vinyl Tile

    January 6, 2014

    Shaw Industries to Exit Area Rug Business Converting Ringgold, Ga. facility to Luxury Vinyl Tile Manufacturing

    Dalton, Ga. – Shaw Industries announced today that it is exiting the area rug business and will convert the current Ringgold, Ga. rug facility into a new state-of-the-art luxury vinyl tile (LVT) manufacturing facility.
     
    “The economics of the rug business today simply do not allow for future growth or encourage further investment,” according to Vance Bell, Chairman and CEO. “We have been intentional about exiting this business at a time when more opportunities exist for our associates.”
     
    The vast majority of the 400 associates employed by the Shaw Living Rug Division will have opportunities at other locations in the company. Customers will be serviced through a transition period.
     
    LVT is the fastest growing category in the flooring market today. Shaw has been participating in this market for three years, but up until this point has not manufactured LVT. In repurposing the current facility to a new LVT manufacturing site, Shaw will be able to shorten the timeframe to begin manufacturing the product, utilize an existing facility, and keep jobs in the Ringgold area.
     
    “We will continue to invest in businesses where we see future growth and opportunities,” continued Bell. “Over the past few years, we have developed a significant business and market-leading position in the LVT flooring category. This new facility will provide domestic manufacturing for a portion of our product line, allowing us to further enhance our product development, service, and overall customer satisfaction.”
     
    Shaw plans to invest over $100 million in its new LVT manufacturing facility and when complete, the investment is expected to generate 200 new jobs in the Ringgold, Ga. area. This investment follows $250 million in other recent expansion announcements by Shaw in carpet tile, hardwood flooring, yarn extrusion, and distribution.
  • Shaw Industries Receives Legacy Leader Award from Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

    December 12, 2013

    Shaw Industries Receives Legacy Leader Award from Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

    Susan Sarandon, Rosario Dawson, Chuck Leavell, and Thomas Roberts help honor award recipients

    Dalton, Ga. – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) received a Legacy Leader Award from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute at the Institute’s inaugural Innovation Celebration. The award recognizes Shaw’s pioneering leadership in sustainable flooring design.
     
    Shaw became the world’s first flooring manufacturer to have its products Cradle to Cradle Certified – and one of the first companies in any category to do so. Today, more than 60 percent of Shaw’s $4.5 billion in annual sales is from Cradle to Cradle certified products, and the company has made a commitment for 100 percent of its products to be designed to Cradle to Cradle protocols by 2030.
     
    “At Shaw, we are committed to creating a better future for our associates, our customers and our communities,” said Shaw CEO Vance Bell, who was on hand to accept the award. “Cradle to Cradle helps us fulfill this commitment through its focus on safe materials, water, energy, materials reutilization, and social fairness. We’re honored to be recognized by the Institute for our efforts.”
     
    “We all dream of a healthier, safer world for our children,” Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute Co-founder William McDonough noted at the event.
     
    Other award winners include: Aveda, Bella Dura, IceStone, Method, and Herman Miller, who also received a Legacy Leader Award; Legacy Leader CEO Award winners James Hackett of Steelcase, and Susan Lyons of Designtex; and New Innovator Award winner PUMA for its Incycle Collection.
     
    Actresses Susan Sarandon and Rosario Dawson; Rolling Stones keyboardist and co- founder of Mother Nature Network, Chuck Leavell; and MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts attended the event – highlighting the importance of the Institute’s work and to help honor award recipients.
     
    About Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
    Co-founded in 2010 by William McDonough and Michael Braungart with support from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Wendy Schmidt and Brad Pitt, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is an international non-profit organization created to administer the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Standard, a continual quality improvement system for transforming the making of things into a positive force for society, economy, and the planet. For more information, visit www.c2ccertified.org.
     

  • Shaw Industries Releases Health Product Declaration (HPD) & Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

    November 18, 2013

    Shaw Industries Releases Health Product Declaration (HPD) And Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) For Its EcoWorx Carpet Tile

    Dalton, Ga. – November 18, 2013 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has finalized a Health Product Declaration (HPD) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its EcoWorx carpet tile, the industry’s first fully recyclable, non-PVC carpet tile backing and the backbone of all Shaw carpet tile products.
     
    “Shaw Industries, along with its brands Patcraft, Philly Queen Commercial, Shaw Contract Group and Shaw Hospitality Group, is committed to delivering healthy products to our customers. We believe the first step in providing healthy products is to make smart, informed choices regarding the materials that go into those products,” states Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw.
     
    The release of this HPD is the latest in the company’s commitment to transparency and product stewardship. Shaw’s use of HPDs and EPDs complement the company’s long-term commitment to designing to Cradle to Cradle protocols, which it began doing a decade ago.
     
    Cradle to Cradle design protocols call for materials that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment, with a keen focus on material health, material reutilization, water and energy stewardship, and social fairness. More than 90 percent of Shaw’s commercial products are Cradle to Cradle certified, and the company has commitment to 100 percent of its products (residential and commercial) being designed to Cradle to Cradle protocols by 2030.
     
    “Shaw is working to create HPDs and EPDs for all its commercial product platforms,” noted Murray. “When coupled with a stringent evaluation system like Cradle to Cradle, transparency tools can be even more powerful. Cradle to Cradle puts the list of ingredients into context and provides an assessment of impacts that may not readily be apparent based upon an HPD or EPD alone.”
     
    Shaw’s EcoWorx is Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified and contributes to LEED credits associated with recycled content, low emitting materials, manufacturer take back, as well as for its recently completed HPD and EPD.
     

  • Shaw Opens Family Health Center

    November 5, 2013

    Shaw Opens Family Health Center

    Dalton, Ga. – November 5, 2013 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has opened the Shaw Family Health Center, a full-service family health center located at 2659 Abutment Road in Dalton, Ga. The new Health Center, operated by QuadMed, a nationally recognized leader in employer-sponsored healthcare, began receiving patients in late October and celebrated with an official grand opening on November 5. The Center serves Shaw associates and dependents covered by the Shaw medical plan.
     
    “The Shaw Family Health Center is intended to provide Shaw associates with convenient and affordable healthcare options,” said Shaw Vice President of Human Resources Paul Richard. “We want to provide our associates with resources to make informed decisions – designing a sensible diet plan, incorporating exercise, for example – that will lead to better health. The Shaw Family Health Center is part of our focus on creating a better future for our associates and their families.”
     
    With a focus on wellness and providing affordable, high quality care in a convenient location for Shaw associates, the Center provides a full spectrum of services including acute care, routine physicals, immunizations, preventive screenings, lab work, and wellness services. The Center is staffed with medical professionals including a physical therapist, athletic trainers, a wellness coordinator, registered dietician, and certified diabetic educator all of whom work in close collaboration with the doctor and nurse practitioners on-site. The Center will also refer patients to local specialists within the community.
     
    “By adding another high quality healthcare option to the Dalton-Whitfield County community,” said Eddie Reeves, Shaw’s Director of HR Operations, “we can increase the likelihood that associates will seek medical care when necessary.”
     
    About QuadMed
     
    QuadMed (www.quadmedical.com) is a nationally recognized innovator in offering onsite primary care clinics and healthcare management solutions proven to increase quality and decrease costs. QuadMed’s 20-year track record of success is rooted in integrating prevention-focused primary care with leading-edge information management data. Created in 1990 as a subsidiary of global provider of print and related multichannel solutions Quad/Graphics, QuadMed now serves a wide variety of Fortune 1000 companies.
     

  • Shaw Industries Makes the Selling Power “50 Best Companies to Sell For” List

    October 28, 2013

    Shaw Industries Makes the Selling Power “50 Best Companies to Sell For” List

    Dalton, Ga. – October 28, 2013 – Shaw Industries is pleased to announce that it was ranked 15 and the only flooring manufacturer on the Selling Power 50 Best Companies to Sell For list.
     
    “Shawʼs is proud to have the most experienced and professional sales force in the flooring industry,” said Chris Clement, director of corporate sales training and development. “This recognition by Selling Power validates Shawʼs approach to developing a sales culture that supports continued learning and opportunities for growth.”
     
    The Shaw sales culture is supported by multi-dimensional training and development opportunities available through Shaw Learning Academy (SLA). From a 14-week sales trainee program to ongoing training provided via blended learning, SLA supports Shaw sales associates at every stage of their career. Embedded in this training is the Shaw approach to customers as true partners. The Shaw sales team focuses on helping customers achieve their objectives and to grow their business.
     
    Each year, the corporate research team at Selling Power magazine assembles and publishes the list of the 50 Best Companies to Sell For based upon:
     
    • Annual turnover percentage
    • Company recognition and reputation
    • Company revenue and growth
    • Sales compensation packages
    • Sales culture
    • Onboarding and sales enablement strategies
    • Training and coaching process
     
    In a recent blog post, “My Thoughts on the 50 Best Companies to Sell For,” Selling Powerʼs Founder and Publisher Gerhardt Gschwandtner identifies the top three characteristics of superlatives and sales-friendly companies:
    1. They offer industry-leading solutions.
    2. They communicate well.
    3. They empower their salespeople.
     
    About Selling Power
     
    In addition to Selling Power magazine, the leading periodical for sales managers and sales VPs since 1981, Selling Power Inc. produces the Sales Management Digest and Daily Boost of Positivity online newsletters, as well as a five minute-video series featuring interviews with top executives. Selling Power is a regular media sponsor of the Sales 2.0 Conference.
     

  • Shaw Installing Solar Panels at Flooring Manufacturing Plant in Georgia

    October 9, 2013

    Shaw Installing Solar Panels at Flooring Manufacturing Plant in Georgia

    System to generate 1.4 million kilowatt hours of power annually at Cartersville, Ga. carpet tile facility

    Cartersville, Ga. – October 9, 2013 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) is installing solar panels on the roof of its carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga. Construction is expected to be completed – with the system fully operational – in October.
     
    The installation is expected to produce approximately 1.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of power annually – enough to power approximately 100 homes in Georgia each year. Feeding into the Georgia Power electric grid, Shaw will use this renewable energy to help power its Plant 15 (also known as Plant X), a facility that produces carpet tile for the commercial market.
     
    “Within Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability, we continually explore opportunities to improve energy efficiency and employ renewable and alternative energy sources,” stated Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “Solar is a mature, reliable power source, and the economics made this a viable, long- term investment for this facility.”
     
    In 2012, Shaw invested more than $5 million in energy efficiency and greenhouse gas improvements, and the company reduced its GHG emissions intensity by more than 17 percent from 2011 to 2012 (from 1.80 to 1.49 pounds of CO2 equivalents per pound of finished product).
     
    Dedicated to creating a better future for its customers, its employees, the company and its communities, Shaw’s 2030 environmental goals include designing 100 percent of its products to Cradle to Cradle protocols, which includes a focus on renewable energy – as well as material health, material reutilization, water stewardship and social fairness.
     

  • Shaw Industries To Expand Hardwood Flooring Manufacturing Facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn.

    September 23, 2013

    Shaw Industries To Expand Hardwood Flooring Manufacturing Facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn.

    Shaw To Invest $40 Million and Add More than 25 Associates

    Dalton, Ga. and South Pittsburg, Tenn. – Berkshire Hathaway’s Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) will invest at least $40 million and hire more than 25 new associates in South Pittsburg, Tenn., to meet the growing demand for its Epic® engineered flooring product.
     
    “Marion County could not be more pleased to see the commitment of additional capital investment and new jobs being created by Shaw in our county. We greatly appreciate the confidence the company has shown in our citizens and community by announcing this expansion in South Pittsburg,” said Marion County Mayor John Graham.
     
    South Pittsburg Mayor Jane Dawkins noted, “We are excited about the growth of Shaw in our city and look forward to continued involvement with them as a good corporate partner. This expansion project is a confirmation of the company’s long term commitment to South Pittsburg, Marion County and the State of Tennessee.”
     
    The expansion will add more than 60 percent capacity to the existing hardwood manufacturing facility. Construction is set to begin in late 2013 and is the latest in Shaw’s efforts to expand and enhance its hardwood manufacturing. Plant HW, which currently employees 200 associates, has already grown by 65 associates this year as a result of Shaw increasing the number of shifts it is operating at the facility.
     
    “Tennessee has the best balance sheet in the country and the kind of business friendly environment where incumbent companies like Shaw Industries Group, Inc. can feel confident to reinvest and further their growth,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I want to thank Shaw Industries Group, Inc. for being a valued corporate citizen and appreciate these new jobs they will create for Tennesseans.”
     
    The announcement represents the company’s continuous efforts to adapt to market demands and preferences. Shaw transformed this former yarn plant into one of the most sophisticated and technologically advanced hardwood flooring manufacturing facilities across Shaw’s entire portfolio – and the largest engineered flooring facility of its kind in the world. Additionally, in recent months, the company implemented $26 million in technology and automation to improve efficiency, cost, safety, material yield and waste reduction improvements at its hardwood facilities in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
     
    “The expansion of the South Pittsburg hardwood operation is an important component in our overall hardwood strategy. By investing in this plant and our other hardwood facilities, we are enhancing our ability to offer the widest product mix, the most innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell.
     
    Since entering the hardwood flooring business in 2006, Shaw has become the second largest and fastest growing hardwood manufacturer in the market. Producing hardwood flooring under the Shaw, AndersonTM and Zickgraf brands, the company operates nine hardwood facilities, including Plant HW, where it manufactures its Shaw Epic engineered hardwood.
     
    This is the latest in a series of expansion announcements from Shaw, which recently unveiled plans for a new carpet tile plant in Adairsville, Ga., opened a carpet tile plant in China to serve the Asian market, and announced the expansion of its distribution and extrusion operations in northwest Georgia.
     

  • Shaw Industries To Invest $100 Million to Expand Distribution and Operations in NW GA

    September 18, 2013

    Shaw Industries To Invest $100 Million to Expand Distribution Capacity and Extrusion Operations in Northwest Georgia

    Increased market demand generates opportunities for greater efficiency and new job creation

    Dalton, Ga. – September 18, 2013 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw), the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider, is investing $100 million to streamline its distribution network and expand its fiber extrusion facility in Northwest Georgia. These investments will expand capacity for projected growth, add approximately 175 jobs and improve service to its customers. This follows Shaw’s recent announcement of plans to invest $85 million to build a carpet tile manufacturing plant in Adairsville, Ga. that will employee 500 associates, and the company’s opening of a carpet tile facility in Nantong, China, to serve Asia.
     
    “As our end-use markets recover, we are accelerating our investments in our business. This will benefit not only our customers, but our associates and the communities where we operate,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell.
     
    “Shaw Industries has been a pillar of our community for many years, and we are pleased to assist them with their latest expansion,” says Brian Anderson, President and CEO of the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce. “This expansion will continue to strengthen our local economy and provide quality jobs desired by our community.”
     
    Distribution Network
     
    The distribution network upgrades will include constructing an additional 535,000 square feet of warehouse space in Dalton as well as consolidating shipping points for both carpet and hard surface flooring in other distribution centers in Northwest Georgia. When completed, hard surface distribution will be consolidated into one central location with an additional 70 percent capacity. Construction at Shaw Plant 34 in Whitfield County will begin this fall, and the planned changes in efficiency and capacity for both hard surface and carpet distribution will be complete by the end of 2015. During the consolidation phase, some associates will shift to new roles and new locations. Over the next five years, Shaw expects to add 110 associates in these facilities.
     
    Extrusion Capacity
     
    Shaw’s extrusion facility (Plant WM) in Dalton is expanding capacity within its existing facility and purchasing an adjoining piece of land for future expansion. The state-of-the-art high-speed extrusion equipment will increase the plant’s output by over 30 percent and will be able to run all resin types currently used in the industry. The flexible new equipment will provide more efficient manufacturing and will create 65 new jobs over the coming months.
     
    The new jobs created in this expansion will be filled on a rolling basis as equipment comes online beginning in October 2013.
     

  • Shaw Industries Opens Manufacturing Plant in China to Serve Asia

    September 13, 2013

    Shaw Industries Opens Manufacturing Plant in China to Serve Asia

    Dalton, GA, USA – September 13, 2013 – Berkshire Hathaway’s Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has announced its grand opening of a 210,000-square-foot (20,000- square-meter) carpet tile plant in Nantong, China – a port city 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Shanghai. This facility offers customers in Asia quicker access to a wider range of completely recyclable, Cradle-to-Cradle-certified products, which are PVC-free and bitumen-free.
     
    “Nantong’s woven textile heritage mirrors the communities in which we’ve manufactured flooring in the southeastern U.S. for more than half a century,” says Shaw Industries Vice President for Asia Pacific Jeff Galloway. “The feeling of being at home in China is due in even larger part to the reception and cooperation we’ve enjoyed from the Nantong government, the officials in the Nantong Suzhou Science and Industrial Park, and all those with whom we’ve done business in China, including our newest Shaw associates.”
     
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    Expected to employ approximately 250 at full capacity, over 100 Shaw associates are onboard at this time. The 24”x24” (61 cm x 61 cm) and 18”x36” (45.7 cm x 91.4 cm) products are being designed in Cartersville, Ga., for global markets, utilizing the successful Eco Solution Q fiber, EcoWorx backing systems, and Ecologix carpet cushioning systems. Products manufactured in China will be sold for installation in the growing Asia market and there are no plans to export them back to the U.S.
    “Two thirds of the world’s carpet tile is sold outside of North America – the majority in Asia,” says Shaw Industries Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “Sales in China, in particular, have grown 20 percent annually, making it the world’s third largest carpet-tile- purchasing country. Our new plant expands our opportunity to serve this growing market.”
     
    This plant opening represents Shaw’s latest efforts to expand its Asia market presence, which includes showrooms or sales teams in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangalore and New Delhi. The Nantong facility is pursuing ISO 9001 and 14000 certifications and was constructed to LEED Gold standards for New Construction (certification pending review).
     
    The China facility grand opening follows Shaw’s recent announcement to open a new carpet manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Ga., to support the growth in its carpet tile business.
     
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  • Carpet Manufacturer To Create 500 Jobs In Bartow

    August 29, 2013

    Carpet Manufacturer To Create 500 Jobs In Bartow

    Governor Announces Shaw To Build Carpet Tile Facility In Adairsville, Investing $85 Million

    Dalton, Ga. – August 29, 2013 – Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will build a new facility in Bartow County to manufacture modular carpet tiles. The company is expected to make an $85 million investment in Georgia and create 500 new jobs. “The steady comeback of the floor covering industry in North Georgia continues to reflect the resurgence of the global economy,” said Deal. “Companies such as Shaw Industries are moving aggressively to meet demand, and Georgia stands ready to equip them with the trained workforce and infrastructure network they need.”
     
    “Through the combination of product innovation, design and sustainability, we have grown to become the largest producer of carpet tile in North America,” said Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell. “We have expanded our existing Cartersville carpet tile facility to its maximum so the Adairsville plant will allow for continued long-term growth in this important product segment. We will also soon open a new carpet tile plant in China to service the Asia market.”
     
    Shaw plans to build and equip 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. The plant will be built on 117.6 acres located near the intersection of Highway 140 and Hall Station Road. Construction will begin in 2014.
     
    “We have a long history in Bartow County,” said Shaw Director of Corporate Assets Chuck Dobbins. “The close collaboration with state and local government and economic development officials, the availability of suitable land, the readiness of a diverse talent pool and easy access to transportation hubs were instrumental in our site selection process.”
     
    As Bartow County’s largest employer, Shaw currently operates six facilities in the county, including another carpet tile manufacturing facility located in Cartersville. Shaw worked closely with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development, Bartow County, the city of Adairsville, the Development Authority of Bartow County, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and numerous other officials as it explored potential sites and collaborated on a Memorandum of Understanding to accommodate its business growth.
     
    Brittany Holtzclaw, GDEcD Project Manager, oversaw the project for the state. In addition, Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program, will work with Shaw to ensure its employees receive the customized training necessary to maintain the company’s competitive edge.
     
    “This was a highly competitive opportunity for Bartow County,” said Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor. “Shaw is not only an employer of choice, but also a great corporate citizen and environmental advocate. We work hard to support the success of our existing industries anyway, but what an honor and a testimony on several levels that the company would consider Adairsville-Bartow County for this new investment.”
    “We look forward to Shaw expanding its presence in Adairsville together with our community partners,” said Adairsville Mayor Evan King. “Adairsville’s location, business-friendly environment and proactive position with respect to accommodating the needs of quality companies are paying off. This marks a truly historic commitment for our community with its economic impact being felt far beyond our city limits.”
     
    Shaw employs approximately 15,000 associates in its operations throughout Georgia.
    “We couldn’t be more pleased to see this aggressive growth from one of Georgia’s top corporate citizens,” said commissioner of the GDEcD Chris Cummiskey. “Shaw has played an important part in establishing Georgia as a global leader in the floor covering industry.”
     
    With the approval of the MOU by the Development Authority of Bartow County, Shaw’s next steps include continued collaboration with the city, county and state as it proceeds with standard site related due diligence, permitting and other contractual processes.

Airmid Asthma & Allergy Studies

Shaw commissioned a two-part, independent study to better understand the relationship between carpet and indoor air quality. The data – which were presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) – add to the existing body of research that suggests that effectively cleaned carpet can maintain indoor air quality, making it a viable choice for families impacted by allergies and asthma. Read more about the study and its findings below.

  • Shaw Phase I Study

    Shaw Phase I Study

    FINAL REPORT- Part 1 & Part 2

    Many medical, educational and patient bodies have arrived at the general conclusion that carpets in the home represent a health hazard to individuals and in particular those with asthma and allergic diseases. The body of work to be performed by ASC intends to provide to Shaw the definitive scientific data to be able to evaluate this standpoint.

    As has been discussed with Shaw, those bodies mentioned above, and the scientific community at large, would require incontrovertible, basic scientific and clinical evidence that properly maintained carpeting in the home of an asthmatic/allergic individual does not represent a risk factor for disease.
     
    This requires that the testing performed is of the highest quality, particularly where test performance, analysis and interpretation are concerned. The commissioning of an environmental test chamber plays a central role in this. The chamber that has been built at ASC’s test facilities is to American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications with upgrades to allow for complete control over all environmental parameters.
     
    Flooring coverings were received from Shaw Industries Group Inc. in 2010 and 2011. Samples were stored as delivered until required for testing. Carpets were cut to size, and prior to installation and testing all carpets were vacuumed as per IEC60312, i.e. to ensure an excess of fibre did not remain on the carpet, they were vacuumed until the fibre being removed was <0.1g/m2.
     
    A further element was agreed with Shaw following review of all data obtained from study of the original six carpets. Given the presence of R2X treatment on some of the carpets, it was felt necessary to determine whether this modality was impacting particle retention by individual carpets. An addendum to the study was agreed to address this question.

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  • Shaw Phase II Study

    Shaw Phase II Study

    Shaw 2 Final Report- Residential Carpets

    This major study confirms that airborne exposure to allergen and microbial particulates from carpets particularly when they are disturbed is surprisingly low. While true for both soiled used carpets and artificially contaminated new carpets, the observation is best demonstrated for the used carpets. Progressive disturbance appears to amplify the effect rather than lead to an increase in airborne levels.
     
    One interpretation of these data is that particulate material is progressively driven toward the base of these carpets. When located at the base, it is likely to be more difficult to render it airborne. The data on sectioned carpets confirms that the majority of the allergen in a used carpet is found at the base and in new carpets with serial dust/allergen introduction a similar pattern becomes established following repeated disturbance.
     
    The study demonstrates that an effective cleaning procedure beneficially impacts on both surface and airborne exposures to allergens and micro-organisms. As in an earlier study, the degree of airborne allergen exposure associated with artificially contaminated new carpets is low and is now demonstrated to be further reduced by the cleaning procedure. In the case of used carpets that are particularly soiled the levels of airborne exposure in the presence of disturbance were likewise low, again cleaning reduces them further. Taken together, these findings reinforce the belief that carpets can act as reservoirs for allergen, rendering it more difficult for these particles to become airborne. The findings also reinforce the desirability of regular carpet maintenance, with frequent vacuum cleaning and intermittent use of steam or
    water-based cleaning systems.
     
    Future research addressing the factors, physical and otherwise, that impact on particle adherence to various carpet fibers will be highly informative, not least in establishing mechanisms that increase the reservoir capacity while at the same time allowing for effective removal during the various elements of a cleaning regime.

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