Shaw Industries Invests $40 Million To Expand Its South Pittsburg, Tennessee Manufacturing Center
Area Development Online News Desk (09/24/2013)
Shaw Industries will invest $40 million to expand its facility in South Pittsburg, Tennessee, creating more than 25 new jobs in Marion County to increase its capacity by more than 60 percent.
“The expansion of the South Pittsburg hardwood operations is an important component in our overall hardwood strategy,” Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell said. “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.”
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said expansion of this engineered hardwood manufacturing facility at 210 E. 11th St. in South Pittsburg “is just the latest in Shaw’s efforts to expand and enhance its hardwood manufacturing.” The facility, which employees 200 associates, already has grown by more than 65 associates this year as a result of Shaw increasing the number of shifts it is operating at the facility.
“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,” TECD officials said. 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.
“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,” 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.”
This is the latest in a series of expansion announcements from Shaw, which recently unveiled plans for a new carpet tile plant in Adairsville, Georgia, 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.