Shaw Industries adding jobs in Dalton, Ga.

Shaw Industries adding jobs in Dalton, Ga.

September 19th, 2013 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

Rolls of carpet made by Shaw Industries line the warehouse of Carpets of Dalton in this file photo.

Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press.

In its third announced expansion in the past month, Shaw Industries Group Inc. said Wednesday it plans to add 535,000 square feet of warehouse space and add up to 175 jobs in and around its corporate headquarters in Dalton, Ga.

The carpet manufacturer, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is consolidating shipping points for both carpet and hard surface flooring in distribution centers in northwest Georgia. When completed, hard surface distribution will be consolidated into one central location with an additional 70 percent capacity. Construction at Shaw Plant 34 in Whitfield County will begin this fall.

The announcement of the new distribution facilities in Dalton follows recent announcements that Shaw will build an $85 million carpet tile factory in Adairsville, Ga., and another carpet tile facility in Nantong, China.

"As our end-use markets recover, we are accelerating our investments in our business," Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell said in a statement Wednesday. "This will benefit not only our customers, but our associates and the communities where we operate."