Adding Value Through The Years


1846

Philadelphia Carpets Company is founded to produce velvet carpets, beginning a legacy that spans the history of carpet in America.

1946

Shaw got its start as, Star Dye Company, a company to dye rugs, spreads, and robes.

1958

Star Dye starts dyeing carpet.

1967

A holding company is formed to acquire Philadelphia Carpet Company. The holding company adds Star Finishing, which evolved out of Star Dye, to the fold one year later.

1971

Philadelphia Holding Company goes public as Shaw Industries, Inc.

1972

Shaw takes the first step toward vertical integration by acquiring New Found Industries to generate its own yarn supply.

1973

Recognizing the potential of continuous dyeing processes, Shaw acquires Elite Processing, a state-of- the-art continuous dye plant.

1982

Shaw creates its own trucking subsidiary, dramatically improving the quality and speed of shipments to retailers nationwide.

1982

Shaw significantly expands direct sales to small, independent retailers, providing better service and removing costs from their bottom lines.

1983

Shaw establishes regional distribution centers. By the end of 1983, Shaw maintains six regional DCs. Shaw opens three more in the following two years and 20 more over the next twenty.

1983

Shaw acquires six yarn spinning mills, furthering its vertical integration and giving Shaw 100 percent of its own yarn supply.

1984

Shaw launches PRIDE, its internal quality process. The training, tracking, and goal-setting helps Shaw manufacture products to the highest quality standards.

1987

Shaw Industries purchases WestPoint-Pepperell Carpet and Rug Division, acquiring the Cabin Crafts and Stratton brands and adding 40 percent to the company’s sales volume.

1989

Shaw Industries acquires the carpet division flagship Evans & Black brand of Armstrong World Industries, Inc., adding 30 percent to sales volume.

1992

Shaw Industries acquires Salem Carpet Mills, Inc., adding 25 percent to sales volume with the Salem Carpets and Sutton brands.

1992

Shaw acquires Amoco’s polypropylene fiber production facilities, becoming the largest producer of polypropylene fiber in the world. The move helps Shaw customers capitalize on the tremendous growth of Berber styles.

1992

Shaw launches Home Foundations, a comprehensive carpet program designed specifically for builders.

1993

As area rugs grow in both use and popularity, Shaw forms the Shaw Rugs division.

1998

Shaw merges with Queen Carpets. Their respective strengths form a company even more committed to meeting the needs of the marketplace and bringing value to customers.

1998

Shaw commits to being a full-service flooring supplier by creating the Hard Surfaces division with the launch of Shaw Ceramics.

1999

Shaw Contract receives the Georgia Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award for its revolutionary EcoWorx backing system, which is 100 percent recyclable into the production of more backing.

2000

Shaw says “yes” to its proposed acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., the holding company of renowned financier Warren E. Buffett, who has been called the ultimate long-term investor.

2002

Shaw opens its new, state-of- the-art laminate manufacturing facility. It is Shaw’s first step into the manufacturing of hard surface flooring.

2002

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway acquires the 12.7% of Shaw Industries it didn’t already own, giving it 100% ownership.

2003

Shaw completes its purchase of the north Georgia operations of the Dixie Group, acquiring such brands as Carriage Carpets, Bretlin, and Globaltex.

2006

Vance Bell is named Shaw’s new CEO, and Randy Merritt is named President.

2006

Shaw purchases 100% ownership in Evergreen Nylon Recycling, the nylon recycling operation in Augusta, GA. The Evergreen plant uses patented technology to convert post-consumer nylon carpet into new nylon fiber.

2006

Shaw announces plans to convert a former yarn plant in South Pittsburg, TN into a manufacturing facility for engineered hardwood.

2007

Shaw received Cradle to Cradle™ Certification for the company’s EcoWorx™ backing and Eco Solution™ nylon from McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry.

2007

Shaw acquires Anderson Hardwood Floors.

2008

Shaw named large Recycler of the Year by the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a joint industry-government initiative to promote carpet recycling, reuse, and waste reduction of post-consumer carpet.

2008

Shaw acquires Zickgraf Hardwood Flooring.

2009

Shaw acquires Sportexe Construction Services, Inc., a leading synthetic turf company dedicated to sports surfacing.

2009

Shaw’s Epic™ hardwood receives Cradle to Cradle™ certification.

2009

Shaw’s Evergreen Recycling wins EPA/CARE Innovations in Carpet Recycling Award.

2009

Shaw introduces BCF ClearTouch™ with recycled content.

2009

The company starts up Clear path Recycling, the largest plastic bottle recycling facility in the United States.

2009

Shaw releases its first sustainability report.

2010

Shaw builds Re2E, a facility that uses post-consumer carpet to generate steam energy and electricity to run an adjacent plant, saving enough fossil fuel each year to power 7,500 homes.

2010

Anso® nylon earns SCS certification to claim 25% recycled content.

2010

Shaw acquires Stuart Hardwood

2010

Shaw named in Georgia Trend Magazine Best Places to Work.

2010

Shaw becomes the first flooring manufacturer inducted into American textile Hall of Fame.

2011

Shaw reaches a milestone of 1/2 billion pounds of post-consumer carpet collected and recycled.

2011

Shaw invests in Geohay, a manufacturer of patented barrier filtration products made from 100% reclaimed carpet fibers that are used to help control erosion and storm water run-off.

2011

Shaw acquires Southwest Greens

2013

Shaw opens carpet tile plant in Nantong, China.

2015

Shaw named by Forbes as #8 on the list of America’s Best Employers.

2016

Shaw rolls out Shawgrass.


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