The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will invest more than $17 million to expand its reclamation and recycling program to include a new Evergreen facility in Ringgold, Georgia, creating at least 70 new jobs.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Shaw Industries Group is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile and stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide.
Evergreen Ringgold will be operational in 2015 and will be located in what was previously Shaw Plant 37 — a rug distribution center. Complementing Shaw’s comprehensive portfolio of recycling processes, Evergreen Ringgold will create a high-purity, post-consumer recycled material that can be used in a broad range of applications.
“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.”
Company officials worked closely with the Catoosa County Development Authority, the city of Ringgold and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to make its expansion project possible. The company employs approximately 15,000 associates in its operations throughout Georgia. Georgia QuickStart, 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’s expansion is another testament to why Georgia is the No. 1 place for business,” said Governor Nathan 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.”
“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 our low-cost of doing business and Georgia QuickStart — it’s clear that Georgia is the ideal location for Shaw to grow.”