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Shaw To Build Carpet Tile Facility In Adairsville, Ga., Add 500 Jobs

Shaw Industries Group Inc. — a Dalton, Ga.-based floor covering provider and subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. — will invest $85 million to build a modular carpet tile manufacturing facility in Adairsville, Ga., and add 500 jobs.

The company will begin construction on the facility — which will comprise 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space — in 2014. Six additional Shaw facilities are located nearby, including another carpet tile manufacturing facility in neighboring Cartersville.

"Through the combination of product innovation, design and sustainability, we have grown to become the largest producer of carpet tile in North America," said Vance Bell, Shaw Industries Group Chairman and CEO. "We have expanded our existing Cartersville carpet tile facility to its maximum so the Adairsville plant will allow for continued longterm growth in this important product segment. We will also soon open a new carpet tile plant in China to service the Asia market." "The steady comeback of the floor covering industry in North Georgia continues to reflect the resurgence of the global economy," said Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

The Shaw expansion follows other large carpet mill expansions in North Georgia, including Dalton-based Engineered Floors LLC's announced plans to build two plants and a distribution facility, and add 2,000 jobs (See " Engineered Floors To Expand In Georgia, Add 2,000 Jobs," TextileWorld.com, May 7, 2013).

September 3, 2013