Shaw Industries adding dozens of jobs in Marion County, investing $40 million

Shaw Industries adding dozens of jobs in Marion County, investing $40 million

September 24th, 2013 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Shaw Industries, Inc., is a leading manufacturer of carpets and flooring.

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Shaw Industries Group Inc. will add more than 25 new jobs as it spends $40 million in Marion County.

The Dalton, Ga.-based flooring company said the expansion will increase its capacity by more than 60 percent.

"The expansion of the South Pittsburg hardwood operations is an important component in our overall hardwood strategy," Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell said. "By investing in this plant and our other hardwood facilities, we are enhancing our ability to offer the widest product mix, the most innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers."

The hardwood facility is located at 210 E. 11th St. in South Pittsburg, where it employs 200, including 65 added earlier this year.

"Marion County could not be more pleased to see the commitment of additional capital investment and new jobs being created by Shaw Industries Group Inc. in our county," Marion County Mayor John Graham said. "We greatly appreciate the confidence the company has shown in our citizens and community by announcing this expansion in South Pittsburg."

"We are excited about the growth of Shaw Industries Group Inc. in our city and look forward to continued involvement with them as a good corporate partner," South Pittsburg Mayor Jane Dawkins said. "This expansion project is a confirmation of the company's long term commitment to South Pittsburg, Marion County and the state of Tennessee."

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said, "Tennessee has the best balance sheet in the country and the kind of business friendly environment where incumbent companies like Shaw Industries Group Inc. can feel confident to reinvest and further their growth," Hagerty said. "I want to thank Shaw Industries Group Inc. for being a valued corporate citizen and appreciate these new jobs they will create for Tennesseans."