Shaw Carpet

Shaw Carpet has long been the world's largest manufacturer of carpeting, and now produces carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, hardwood and laminate flooring for both residential and commercial customers.

Based in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw employs about 30,000 people around the world, manufacturing an estimated $4 billion a year worth of flooring products.

Its carpeting lines feature more than 25,000 different styles and colors for every taste and budget.

In fact, Shaw manufactures more than 600 million square yards of floor covering products every year - enough to wrap a 6-foot wide strip around equator seven times!

Shaw began after the Second World War as the Star Dye Company, making tufted scatter rugs. In 1967, it acquired the renowned Philadelphia Carpet Company, one of the industry's oldest brands.

Over the past 30 years, Shaw continued to expand by acquiring major brands like Cabin Crafts and Sutton, and by merging with Queen Carpets.

Shaw has taken numerous steps to improve its manufacturing operations and customer service - creating its own trucking subsidiary, establishing regional distribution centers, modernizing plants and equipment and developing innovative ways to reduce waste and boost recycling.

The company started a rug division in 1993 and Shaw Ceramics in 1998.

In 2001, Shaw Carpets was purchased outright by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the holding company of renowned investor Warren E. Buffett.

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