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Engineered Floors Acquires Dream Weaver Carpets

Engineered Floors LLC, Dalton, Ga. — a manufacturer of carpet primarily for multi-family housing, and producer of PureColor solution-dyed stain- and soil-resistant polyester fiber for residential replacement and multi-family housing carpet — has acquired residential carpet manufacturer Dream Weaver Carpet Industries Inc., Chatsworth, Ga.

Engineered Floors was founded in 2009 by Chairman and CEO Robert E. Shaw, who returned to the industry after retiring in 2006 as CEO of Shaw Industries Inc., Dalton. The new company built a fiber and carpet manufacturing plant in Calhoun, Ga. — the first greenfield carpet plant built in North Georgia in the last 25 years, according to James Lesslie, assistant to the chairman. The plant is equipped with new machinery, has undergone two expansions, and now measures 510,000 square feet (ft2) and employs some 500 people. A new 210,000-ft2 plant under construction in Dalton is scheduled to open this quarter. By the end of 2012, the company expects to employ some 800 people including those at Dream Weaver Carpets.

Dream Weaver Carpets, founded in 1992 by Melvin Silvers, will operate as a division of Engineered Floors, and will offer its carpets under the Dream Weaver Carpets brand.

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