Dalton, Ga.-based Shaw Industries Group Inc. reports it will invest a minimum of $45 million in its Lexington County, S.C., carpet fiber plant to add capacity for both polyester and nylon fiber. Shaw acquired the facility, which employs 290 people, from Honeywell International Inc. in 2005. The capacity increase will add 50 jobs.
The new polyester extrusion equipment to be installed during the fourth quarter of 2015 in Lexington County will process recycled plastic beverage bottles. Shaw currently recycles some 3 billion bottles annually at its joint-venture Clear Path Recycling facility in Fayetteville, N.C., and looks to expand its use of recycled materials, which are used in Shaw’s ClearTouch® residential carpet products.
“By continuing to invest in our people, processes and products, Shaw is able to provide a diverse product mix, innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO, Shaw.
“This $45 million investment and plans to create more than 50 new jobs is terrific news for our manufacturing industry, Lexington County and our state as a whole,“ said South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. “We look forward to watching Shaw continue to grow here in South Carolina and around the world for many years to come.”