Shaw To Shutter Yarn Facility

Dalton, Ga.-based carpet manufacturer and floor covering supplier Shaw Industries Group Inc. has
announced plans to permanently shut down its Plant 76 spun yarn facility in Trenton, Ga., because
of decreasing market demand for certain flooring products. The plant, which employs approximately
440 employees, will close by mid-November.

“The widely-publicized downturn in the housing market has caused consumer demand to fluctuate
and shift,” said Hal Long, executive vice president of operations, Shaw. “Changing customer
preferences in the market necessitates that the company respond to emerging purchasing trends and
decrease its production in areas experiencing significant declines.”

Shaw will work to transfer Trenton employees to positions at its other locations, and will
partner with the Georgia Department of Labor to offer counseling, out-placement assistance and
retraining. The company also will organize job fairs to help affected employees who do not relocate
to other Shaw plants find career opportunities.

October 14, 2008