|Headquarters||Dalton, Georgia, USA|
Number of employees
Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer with more than $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 22,300 associates worldwide. It is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia.
Shaw Industries is not related to The Shaw Group, a publicly traded company in Baton Rouge, LA.
Shaw Industries got its start in 1946 as Star Dye Company, a small business. Clarence Shaw, father of Robert and J.C. Shaw, bought a commission dye company in 1946. Star Dye Company produced bedspreads and scatter rugs. In 1958, Robert Shaw became CEO of the company, which was then jointly owned by the two brothers. With $3 in sales, the company expanded dramatically and soon started finishing carpet as Shaw Industries.
In 1967, J.C. Shaw organized a holding company to acquire Philadelphia Carpet Company, founded in 1846. The holding company added Star Finishing to the fold one year later, marking the company's first move into carpet manufacturing. Star Finishing Company then expanded to become the "largest commission finisher of tufted carpet in the world." The holding company went public as Shaw Industries, Inc. in 1971 with approximately $43 million in sales and 900 employees. In 1985, Shaw made its first appearance on the list of America's largest corporations—the Fortune 500—with more than $500 million in sales and close to 5,000 employees. The Shaw Industries Group had four billion in sales as of 1999. The company also merged with Cabin Crafts and Sutton, and Queen Carpets. J. Hicks Lanier is a former director. Queen was founded by Harry Saul, a textile-industry leader whose son, Julian Saul, went on to serve as president of Shaw, retiring in June, 2006.
On January 4, 2001, under the guidance of CEO and President W. Norris Little, Sr. and CEO Bob Shaw, Shaw Industries was sold to Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the holding company of Warren E. Buffett. Today, with the leadership of Vance Bell, CEO, and Randy Merritt, President, Shaw has $5 billion in annual sales and approximately 22,300 employees.
- Prem C. Jain, Buffett Beyond Value: Why Warren Buffett Looks to Growth and Management When Investing, Wiley, 2010, p. 140 
- Tyya N. Turner, Vault Guide to the Top Manufacturing Employers, Vault, 2007, p. 388 
- Randall L. Patton, Shaw Industries: A History, Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 2003, p. 1 
- Official website history
- Deaton, Thomas M. (1993). Bedspreads to Broadloom: The Story of the Tufted Carpet Industry. Acton, Massachusetts: Tapestry. p. 132. ISBN 1-56888-038-3.
- Forbes Shaw Industries restructures
- Vanderbilt Board of Trustees biography
- Jones, Jamie (30 June 2006). "Saul retiring from Shaw Industries". The Daily Citizen. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
- Shaw Green Edge - Shaw's environmental initiatives
- Shaw Floors Residential Carpet website
- Shaw Contract Group Commercial Carpet and Commercial Hardwood
- Patcraft Commercial Carpet
- Shaw Hospitality Group - Hospitality Carpet