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Shaw Industries to invest $100 million to expand distribution

Dalton, Ga. - Looking to streamline its distribution network and expand its fiber extrusion facility in northwest Georgia, floor covering products giant Shaw Industries Group Inc. is making a $100 million investment in its business operations here.

Upgrades in the queue include expanding capacity for projected growth, the addition of approximately 175 jobs, and the improvement of service to Shaw's customers.

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% 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.

Shaw's extrusion facility - Plant WM - here 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% and will be able to run all resin types currently used in the industry. The flexible new equipment will provide more efficient manufacturing.

This latest investment comes on the heels of Shaw's recently announced plans to invest $85 million to build a carpet tile manufacturing plant in Adairsville, Ga., and the company's opening of a carpet tile facility in Nantong, China, to serve Asia markets.

"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 Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and ceo.


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