published Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Shaw Industries adding jobs in Dalton, Ga.

Rolls of carpet made by Shaw Industries line the warehouse of Carpets of Dalton in this file photo.
Rolls of carpet made by Shaw Industries line the warehouse of Carpets of Dalton in this file photo.
Photo by Angela Lewis /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

In its third announced expansion in the past month, Shaw Industries Group Inc. said Wednesday it plans to add 535,000 square feet of warehouse space and add up to 175 jobs in and around its corporate headquarters in Dalton, Ga.

The carpet manufacturer, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is consolidating shipping points for both carpet and hard surface flooring in distribution centers in northwest Georgia. When completed, hard surface distribution will be consolidated into one central location with an additional 70 percent capacity. Construction at Shaw Plant 34 in Whitfield County will begin this fall.

The announcement of the new distribution facilities in Dalton follows recent announcements that Shaw will build an $85 million carpet tile factory in Adairsville, Ga., and another carpet tile facility in Nantong, China.

"As our end-use markets recover, we are accelerating our investments in our business," Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell said in a statement Wednesday. "This will benefit not only our customers, but our associates and the communities where we operate."

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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