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Shaw Industries

HQ: Lexington, NC   |  

The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a
leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically
integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient,
tile & stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and
commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway,
Inc. with more than $4.8 billion in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is
headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located
throughout the US, as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico,
Singapore, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

Get to know us and what we think is important. Shaw's success and that of our employees is based on our core values of honesty, integrity, and hard work. From these values, we have embraced a set of principles that we believe in and use to govern our behavior. Mission We will exceed our customers' expectations in quality, service and value, while continually increasing our value to our stakeholders; and provide growth opportunities for our people. We will accomplish this in an environment that values and respects the varied backgrounds of all people. Vision To be a world-class company as defined by the customers we serve. Values Honesty, integrity, and hard work. Principles PEOPLE "Our people are our greatest asset. They are what sets our company apart." We must attract, develop, and retain the best people for our company, recognizing that talent comes from all walks of life. As a company, our focus should remain on growing and developing these people through continued education, training, and work experience. Our corporate environment must include people with diverse backgrounds and foster exciting opportunities for long-term careers that reward hard work, integrity, honesty, and results. The safety and well-being of our employees are primary corporate objectives. All employees are a part of our Shaw Industries family. Through effective communications, employees will be aware of where we are going, how we are doing, and how they fit in. In order to reach our corporate mission, teamwork must be the foundation on which all work activities occur. RELATIONSHIPS "Our relationships with employees, customers, suppliers, and community must be based on mutual respect, mutual trust, and mutual benefit." We must establish and maintain honest relationships with all stakeholders in the company. This includes: employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, and the communities in which we live. CUSTOMER "The customer is the only reason we come to work each day." We recognize that our customers and our ability to exceed their expectations are critical to our total success. They are the focal point of our efforts. Our customers must be profitable; if not, we will not be profitable. If we are not profitable, we cannot provide the means to exceed our customers' expectations. Therefore, we will listen to and seek to understand our customers' needs. We will interactively respond to those needs for the mutual benefit of the relationship. CITIZENSHIP "We cannot separate ourselves from the communities in which we have facilities. Our common success depends on helping each other." In the communities in which we live and the industry in which we work, we will actively strive to contribute to a better environment for everyone. INNOVATION "If you are doing it the same way you did it two years ago, you're probably doing it the wrong way." In an ever-changing marketplace, new products, services, and technologies are the lifeblood of our business. We recognize our responsibility to be a leader in product, technology, and in the marketplace. We will provide a culture that encourages, nurtures, and recognizes innovation. RESULTS "No one would want to play the game if we didn't keep score." We value the trust our shareholders have placed in us, and we recognize our responsibility to maximize the return on their investment. We will be every customers supplier of choice
Benefits Overview We are proud of our status as an industry leader and for having an employee-friendly culture, which shows through in many ways, including our comprehensive list of benefits. - Comprehensive Medical Plans - Prescription Drug Plan - Vision Discount Buying Plan - Dental Assistance Plan - Excellent Company matched 401(k) Retirement Savings Program - Short and Long Term Disability - Group and Optional Term Life Insurance - Paid Holidays - Vacation - Tuition Reimbursement - Adoption Assistance - Bereavement Pay - Employee Discounts on all Shaw Products - Business Casual Attire - Relocation - Tax-deferred Flexible Spending Accounts - In-depth Training Programs
Shaw got its start in 1946 as Star Dye Company, a small business that dyed tufted scatter rugs. The events that transformed the company into the world's largest carpet manufacturer are too numerous to write...or even fully know. But the philosophy guiding those events meeting customers, determine their needs, and supplying those needs hasn't changed much through the years.

Clarence Shaw, father of CEO Robert E. (Bob) Shaw and J.C. (Bud) Shaw, bought Star Dye Company in 1946. In 1958, Bob Shaw became CEO of the company, which was then jointly owned by the two brothers. With $300,000 in sales, the company expanded dramatically and soon started finishing carpet as Star Finishing Company.

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. 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.

Continually differentiating its service and adding value for customers motivated every major move in the company's development, among them:

- Generating its own yarn supply with the 1972 purchase of its first yarn plant
- Seeing the potential of newly developed continuous dyeing processes and acquiring its first continuous dye plant in 1973
- Creating its own trucking subsidiary, dramatically improving shipments nationwide
- Significantly expanding direct sales to retailers beginning in 1982
- Establishing regional distribution centers across the United States
- Modernizing plants and equipment in the early 1980s, allowing it to respond quickly to such breakthroughs as stain resistant carpet
- Decreasing the consumption of fuel, water, and electricity in the manufacturing process and finding innovative recycling solutions for manufacturing waste
- Acquiring Amoco's polypropylene fiber production facilities in 1992 and providing consumers popular Berber styles
- Starting the rug division in 1993 and the hard surfaces division in 1998 with the launch of Shaw Ceramics

The desire to be the industry's low-cost provider was also a determining factor in Shaw's decisions, namely the acquisitions that brought such respected names as Cabin Crafts and Sutton under the Shaw umbrella. It also played a role in one of the largest and most significant moves in the company's history: the merger of Shaw and Queen Carpets.

Queen's own legacy started when Harry and Helen Saul, parents of Shaw President Julian Saul, expanded their part time business into the full-time venture, Queen Chenilles. The year was 1946, the same year Clarence Shaw started Star Dye.

Queen's own legacy started when Harry and Helen Saul, parents of Shaw President Julian Saul, expanded their part time business into the full-time venture, Queen Chenilles. The year was 1946, the same year Clarence Shaw started Star Dye.

On January 4, 2001, Shaw began a new chapter in its long and varied history with the completion of its sale to Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the holding company of renowned investor Warren E. Buffett. Berkshire Hathaway is known for buying and holding businesses that have a dominant market share, have strong management teams, and are considered undervalued in the stock market. With the move, Shaw ended its tenure as a public company.

Today, with the leadership of Vance Bell, CEO, and Randy Merritt, President, Shaw is a full-service flooring company with more than $5 billion in annual sales and approximately 30,000 employees. The employees' daily efforts illustrate their commitment and their determination to stay on top in an ever-changing and highly competitive marketplace.
"Diversity is more than race, gender, and age; at Shaw, diversity is about inclusion and respect for people. Only by including and developing talented people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives will we ensure our place as a world-class organization and win in the marketplace."
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Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Shaw Industries strongly believes in the importance of each person and in a Company policy of absolute and impartial fairness to everyone. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and are firmly committed to a workplace free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. It is our policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote individuals in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.
College Relations
Shaw Industries is very active on many college and university campuses. We employee current students and recent graduates in the following positions:

Current college students participate in programs that allow them to gain valuable experience by working within one of various areas of the Company during a school semester.

Financial Services Trainee
Participates in on-the-job as well as classroom training to learn how to manage the Companys domestic and international business accounts for the residential, commercial, and contract areas. Finance or Economics concentrations or degrees preferred.

HR Trainee
Participates in a rigorous HR training program that includes time in various functional HR departments; Works with a Divisional HR Director on various projects. Human Resources Management or similar degree preferred.

Manufacturing Management Trainee
Participates in a comprehensive training program which includes spending time in various manufacturing areas including extrusion, yarn manufacturing, carpet manufacturing, etc.; Designed to introduce manufacturing techniques, process knowledge and product development. Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Management, Chemical Engineering, or any Textile degree preferred.

Operations Management Trainee
Participates in a comprehensive training program that teaches skills in customer service, inventory control, freight sales, and shipping/receiving procedures. Must be willing to relocate after training period. Operations Management, Transportation, Logistics, or other related degrees preferred. Learn more about our Operations Management Trainee Program.

Sales Trainee
Participates in a rigorous sales training program to acquire product knowledge and sales techniques. Must be willing to relocate after training period. Learn more about our Sales Trainee Programs.