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Shaw Living Co-founder Retiring, Showroom Expanding

Robert Shaw, co-founder and ceo of floor covering company Shaw Industries Group, said he will step down from his post effective Sept. 1. He will remain a member of the company's board of directors, and upon the request of management will advise on long-range planning such as potential acquisitions.

The board has elected Vance Bell to succeed Shaw. Bell, who has been with the company more than 30 years, is currently executive vp in charge of operations.

Randy Merritt, also a company veteran for the past 30 years and who is evp in charge of sales and marketing, has been elected by the board to become president of Shaw Industries Group, replacing the recently retired Julian Saul.

Meanwhile the area rug supplier Shaw Living, a division of Shaw Industries Group, has renewed its lease for another 9 years with the AmericasMart here for a new and larger sixth-floor showroom.

Shaw Living has occupied a showroom at the AmericasMart since 1992. Its newly configured space at 6-A-2 is set to open in January and will measure more than 13,000 square feet — doubling Shaw's existing showroom space as well as representing the Mart's largest single showroom.

“This expansion is about more product, more selection, more services and more customers doing business with us in Atlanta,” said Jeff Meadows, vp, Shaw Living. “Our new space signals continuing growth across all our product lines and positions us to elevate the quality and level of customer service buyers expect from Shaw Living.”

Aside from a broad range of product carrying its own house brands, Shaw Living offers soft flooring under the Kathy Ireland Home, Tommy Bahama Home, Jack Nicklaus and William E. Poole brands.

The company is building on its line by artist Philip Crowe with the addition of the Timber Creek collection, comprising 32 rugs that depict Crowe's love of wildlife and the outdoors with styling reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement.

Made from machine-woven olefin, these pieces employ shades of rich reds, warm neutrals, gold, soft greens, eggplant, brown and vintage blue. Designs include: Canyon Trail, a striped motif with animal silhouettes; Mission Leaf, inspired by Arts and Crafts handcrafted stained glass; Sedona, a medallion with diagonal bands of stepped shapes and a colorful border; and Englewood, an elegant design of leaves and acorns.

There are five available sizes from accent to area, with a 5-foot-5-inch-by-7-foot-8-inch set to retail for $379.

Shaw Living is also expanding its Accents collection with five new designs that draw inspiration from organic and nature motifs, Asian themes, Santa Fe looks, modern stripes and geometrics, rhythmic transitional images and classic European and Persian styles. Machine woven of heat-set olefin fiber, these stain resistant rugs feature earthy and jewel tones. Rug sizes range from accent to roomsize, and a 5-foot-3-inch-by-7-foot-10-inch is set to retail for $179.

Finally, the company is adding runner sizes to its own Century collection and its licensed program with Jack Nicklaus.

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