The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider, Shaw Industries Group, will invest $85 million to build a manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Georgia
. The plant will produce modular carpet tiles, with plans to create 500 jobs in Bartow County.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, the firm plans to build and equip 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space on 117.6 acres located near the intersection of Highway 140 and Hall Station Road. Construction will begin next year.
“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.”
“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, Georgia. Shaw employs approximately 15,000 associates in its operations throughout Georgia.
“The steady comeback of the floor covering industry in North Georgia continues to reflect the resurgence of the global economy,” said Gov. Nathan 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.”
The firm worked 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.
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.
Georgia Quick Start, the state’s workforce training program, will work with Shaw to ensure its employees receive the customized training necessary to maintain the company’s competitive edge.
“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.”