Shaw to Close Residential Carpet Plant in Dalton, Georgia

Atlanta, GA, February 6, 2020--Shaw Industries will close its plant 23 carpet production facility in Dalton, Georgia in May, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The closing is a result of the market’s shift away from residential broadloom and toward hard surface alternatives. According to industry extimates, the carpet industry declined 7% in units and 4% in dollars in 2019. Carpet continues to suffer share loss to LVT hard surface flooring but is forecasted to level out at current demand in 2020. 

Shaw is the largest producer of carpet in the world, and plant 23 is focused on the lower end of the market from a price point perspective. As the consumer shifts to buying less yardage, sales are shifting to more expensive carpet with more texture and styling.

Shaw will move some of plant’s production of residential carpet to other facilities that have “expanded capabilities and newer equipment.” The plant’s 275 workers will be offered positions at other company facilities. 

Plant 23 was built in the 1960s and came to Shaw as part of its Evans & Black acquisition in the 1980s.