From Shaw Industries
DALTON, Ga. – April 27, 2010 – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will close Plant WK, a spun yarn facility in Tifton, Ga., in the upcoming weeks. About 375 associates will be impacted by this closing.
While demand for flooring products has firmed and even increased in some segments, consumer preferences continue to move toward carpet products other than those produced at Plant WK.
While the decision to close Plant WK is difficult, it is a necessary step to balance the company's production with the demands of its customers.
Shaw is providing immediate support to assist affected associates during this time of transition.
Shaw is partnering with the Georgia Department of Labor's Rapid Response Team to provide on-site one-on-one sessions to counsel associates, explain benefits, and provide out-placement and retraining. In addition, Shaw is contacting regional employers to help identify future career opportunities.
Shaw expresses its sincere gratitude to the associates at Plants WK for their years of support and service. The decision to close Plant WK is in no way a reflection on the performance of this facility and its people.
Shaw will continue to focus on improving its competitive position and leadership in the industry.
Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider with over $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 25,000 associates.
Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and cradle to cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge.
For more information, visit www.shawfloors.com.