Shaw To Increase Filament Yarn Processing Capacity, Add 200 Jobs

Shaw Industries Group Inc. — a Dalton, Ga.-based floor covering provider and subsidiary of
Berkshire Hathaway Inc. — will reopen a facility in Calhoun, Ga. that was idled in April 2009,
creating up to 200 jobs in the process.

The plant previously produced spun yarn for residential carpets, but because of changing
consumer demand and marketplace trends and to allow for future growth, Shaw will expand its
filament yarn processing capability, converting the Calhoun facility to a filament yarn plant. The
company will add equipment and infrastructure at the facility and expects to reopen it by mid-2010.

Based on seniority, previously displaced Shaw associates who have not transferred to other
Shaw locations will receive priority consideration once hiring begins.

“Shaw is committed to investing for the future, even during the current downturn,” said Bill
Barron, Shaw’s vice president, manufacturing. “The reopening of this facility is an example of that
commitment and another step in giving Shaw the best competitive advantage and position for the long

“It’s great news for Georgia that one of our longtime manufacturers is planning for future
growth in the state,” said Governor Sonny Perdue. “It’s a testament to the strength of our
workforce and infrastructure that, even during this economic downturn, Shaw still finds Georgia the
best place to invest in its future.”

November/December 2009