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Shaw Expands Further, Installs Solar Array

Shaw Industries Group Inc., Dalton, Ga., continues to expand operations in step with improving housing and commercial markets.

In Georgia, the company will invest $100 million to streamline its distribution network and expand its fiber extrusion facility in Dalton.

Shaw is realigning its distribution centers to be specific to carpet or hard surface flooring. It will add 535,000 square feet of warehouse space at Plant 34 in Dalton, which will become a carpet distribution center; and will consolidate most of its hard surface distribution to Plant DL in Calhoun, Ga. The carpet distribution centers in Dalton are expected to add 110 employees.

At Plant WM in Dalton, Shaw will install high-speed extrusion equipment that can process all resin types currently used in the industry and increase the plant's output by more than 30 percent. The company will add 65 jobs at the site, and it is purchasing adjacent land for future expansion.

Shaw also has opened a 210,000-square-foot carpet tile manufacturing plant in Nantong, China, to serve the commercial carpet tile market in Asia. The facility complies with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold standards for New Construction, and ultimately will employ 250 people.

Earlier this year, Shaw announced it will open a carpet tile production plant in Adairsville, Ga. (See " Shaw To Build Carpet Tile Facility In Adairsville, Ga., Add 500 Jobs," TextileWorld.com, Sept. 3, 2013).

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