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Shaw To Increase Filament Yarn Processing Capacity, Add 200 Jobs

Shaw Industries Group Inc. -- a Dalton, Ga.-based floor covering provider and subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. -- will reopen a facility in Calhoun, Ga. that was idled in April 2009, creating up to 200 jobs in the process.

The plant previously produced spun yarn for residential carpets, but because of changing consumer demand and marketplace trends and to allow for future growth, Shaw will expand its filament yarn processing capability, converting the Calhoun facility to a filament yarn plant. The company will add equipment and infrastructure at the facility and expects to reopen it by mid-2010.

Based on seniority, previously displaced Shaw associates who have not transferred to other Shaw locations will receive priority consideration once hiring begins.

"Shaw is committed to investing for the future, even during the current downturn," said Bill Barron, Shaw's vice president, manufacturing. "The reopening of this facility is an example of that commitment and another step in giving Shaw the best competitive advantage and position for the long term."

"It's great news for Georgia that one of our longtime manufacturers is planning for future growth in the state," said Governor Sonny Perdue. "It's a testament to the strength of our workforce and infrastructure that, even during this economic downturn, Shaw still finds Georgia the best place to invest in its future."

November/December 2009