Shaw Closing Carpet Yarn Processing Plant
Dalton, GA, April 25, 2019-Shaw Industries plans to shift production from its twisting and heatsetting yarn facility in Chatsworth, Georiga to facilities with a broader range of capabilities that perform similar operations.
Plant 84 was built in 1965 and became part of Shaw when the firm bought the Evans and Black carpet business from Armstrong in 1989.
Over the past five years, Shaw has invested more than $1.5 billion in its people, processes and products throughout the United States including numerous expansion and modernization efforts currently underway in Georgia and throughout the Southeast. This consolidation allows Shaw to more fully utilize newer facilities with a broader range of capabilities while meeting ever-changing customer demands.
The carpet yarn consolidation process will begin immediately, with operations ceasing at Plant 84 by June 2019. The 260 associates currently employed at the facility will have the opportunity to apply for open positions available at Shaw's other locations. The company operates more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout northwest Georgia in addition to distribution centers and other operations.
The use of carpet in residential settings has been on the decline for several years and according to some estimates fell 4% in units in 2018 versus the prior year. Much of this share loss can be attributed to the consumer's preference for wood-look flooring which has been made more affordable with the introduction of rigid core LVT. Shaw is the U.S. market leader in both the LVT and Carpet flooring segments.