Shaw recycles Ringgold plant for evergreen operations
Flooring and carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries will spend $17 million to overhaul its Ringgold facility and make it part of the company’s reclamation and recycling facility. Shaw expects to create at least 70 new jobs, with the new Evergreen Ringgold plant to begin operations in 2015, according to a recent news release from the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Evergreen Ringgold will create a high-purity, post-consumer recycled material that can be used in a broad range of applications.
“Evergreen Ringgold expands our efforts to keep end-of-use carpet out of landfills,” states Paul Murray, Shaw vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. “By expanding our recycling portfolio, we are illustrating our continued commitment to converting something that historically may have been seen as waste into a resource that has a longer life in the economy.”
Shaw employs approximately 15,000 workers in its operations throughout Georgia. The state will provide training for Evergreen Ringgold operations through its workforce training program Evergreen Ringgold will be located in what was previously Shaw Plant 37, a rug distribution center.
“Shaw has been a valuable longtime partner to the city of Ringgold,” said Vice Mayor Nick Millwood. “Their new commitment ensures our community will continue to grow and keep jobs close to home.”
Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. with more than $4.8 billion in annual sales and 23,000 employees worldwide. Shaw is headquartered in Dalton with operations throughout the United States, as well as Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.