January 6, 2014

Shaw announces plans to convert plant in Ringgold

200 new jobs expected

From Staff Reports

— Shaw Industries said Monday it is exiting the area rug business. The company will spend more than $100 million to convert an area rug manufacturing facility in Ringgold to a luxury vinyl tile (LVT) facility, creating 200 new jobs.

“We will start converting that facility over the next few months,” said Shaw chairman and CEO Vance Bell.

Bell said the facility should begin manufacturing LVT in the second quarter of 2015. He said the investment is expected to create 200 new jobs.

The vast majority of the roughly 400 Shaw associates employed by the Shaw Living Rug Division will be offered jobs in other parts of the company.

“In 2013, we hired 3,000 people, and we project in the first few months of this year to have over 600 needs in terms of employment,” Bell said. “We feel like substantially all of these employees will be offered positions in other facilities in northwest Georgia.”

“We believe that LVT is a better long-term growth category (than rugs),” Bell said. “And we believe that Ringgold is a good location to put that facility in.”

This investment follows $250 million in other recent expansion announcements by Shaw in carpet tile, hardwood flooring, yarn extrusion and distribution.

In September, Shaw announced a $100 million investment in Whitfield County, including expanding an extrusion plant in Dalton and building 535,000 square feet of new warehouse space just south of the city, that will add 175 jobs.