From Staff Reports
Dalton-based Shaw Industries has two new carpet tiles plants in the works — one nearby and the one far away.
Shaw Industries on Thursday announced an $85 million modular carpet tile plant in Bartow County that is expected to create 500 jobs. Officials also said the company will “soon” open a carpet tile factory in China to serve Asia.
“Through the combination of product innovation, design and sustainability, we have grown to become the largest producer of carpet tile in North America,” Shaw chairman and CEO Vance Bell said. “We have expanded our existing Cartersville carpet tile facility to its maximum so the Adairsville plant will allow for continued long-term growth in this important product segment. We will also soon open a new carpet tile plant in China to service the Asia market.”
Shaw plans to build and equip 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. The plant will be built on 117.6 acres near the intersection of Highway 140 and Hall Station Road. Construction begins in 2014.
“We have a long history in Bartow County,” said Shaw director of corporate assets Chuck Dobbins. “The close collaboration with state and local government and economic development officials, the availability of suitable land, the readiness of a diverse talent pool and easy access to transportation hubs were instrumental in our site selection process.”
The announcement came through Gov. Nathan Deal’s office.
“The steady comeback of the floorcovering industry in North Georgia continues to reflect the resurgence of the global economy,” Deal said. “Companies such as Shaw Industries are moving aggressively to meet demand, and Georgia stands ready to equip them with the trained workforce and infrastructure network they need.”
As Bartow County’s largest employer, Shaw currently operates six facilities in the county, including another carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville. Shaw worked closely with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), Bartow County, the city of Adairsville, the Development Authority of Bartow County, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and numerous other officials as it explored potential sites and collaborated on a Memorandum of Understanding to accommodate its business growth.
Brittany Holtzclaw, GDEcD project manager, oversaw the project for the state. Georgia Quick Start, the nation’s top-ranked workforce training program, will work with Shaw to ensure its employees receive customized training necessary.
“This was a highly competitive opportunity for Bartow County,” Bartow County Sole Commissioner Steve Taylor said. “Shaw is not only an employer of choice, but also a great corporate citizen and environmental advocate. We work hard to support the success of our existing industries anyway, but what an honor and a testimony on several levels that the company would consider Adairsville-Bartow County for this new investment.”
Shaw has about 15,000 associates in its operations in Georgia.
“We couldn’t be more pleased to see this aggressive growth from one of Georgia’s top corporate citizens,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of the GDEcD. “Shaw has played an important part in establishing Georgia as a global leader in the floorcovering industry.” With the approval of the MOU by the Development Authority of Bartow County, Shaw’s next steps include continued collaboration with the city, county and state as it proceeds with standard site related due diligence, permitting and other contractual processes.