The California Water Environment Association (CWEA) has named Dalton, Ga.-based Shaw Industries
Group Inc.’s Tuftex carpet manufacturing plant in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., the 2010 Facility of
the Year. The award recognizes the plant’s innovative wastewater, stormwater and air quality
conservation efforts and waste management practices.
Sustainability initiatives at the plant include diverting residual waste from landfills to a
waste-to-energy plant in Commerce, Calif.; recycling its entire carpet production waste into
pre-consumer recycled content; and using low mono-nitrogen oxide burners on two ship-scale boilers
to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The facility previously has received CalRecycle’s Waste
Reduction Awards Program award for six years running, as well as the Central Basin Municipal Water
District’s Visionary Stewardship Award.
“As a local manufacturer, it was important to Shaw to implement environmentally responsible
practices, especially those that drastically conserve water at the facility, being that the
Colorado River – which provides water for our county – has remained in a drought for the past 11
years,” said Bill Woyshner, Shaw’s Tuftex Divisional Environmental/Safety Manager.
“Shaw’s Santa Fe Springs facility stands out in California for its commitment to
environmentally conscious practices across all aspects of its operations,” said Paul D.
Schmidtbauer, CWEA P3S Awards Committee Chair — South. “From recycling and saving millions of
gallons of water to its ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ status, the facility is a model of best
environmental practices for our state.”