Shaw Industries

Shaw industries is one of the largest makers of carpet in the world. The company had 2007 sales of over $5 billion and employed over 30,000 people. Shaw has a large distribution fleet which it uses to ship flooring to its many dealers and retailers. The company is currently privately held and is owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. THe company is know for its carpeting, but it also makes area rugs, laminate, ceramic, and hardwood floors.

History

Shaw was founded in 1946 as Star Dye Company. It was small and its main business was to dye carpeting and rugs. The company expanded and in 1967, the company acquired Philidelphia Carpet Company which was founded in 1846. This event and the growth in the carpet industry led to phenomenal grow for Shaw. The company made additional acquisitions in an effort to be the industry's low cost provider. These decisions have paid off as Shaw has grown many times over.

Product Line

The Shaw product line it extensive. The largest area of products for Shaw is carpeting. The company offers loop, patter, twist, and texture type carpets in many styles, colors, and for many different uses. As a complement to carpeting, Shaw also makes area rugs in many styles, colors, and shapes. The company has also gotten into ceramic tile, hardwood (both engineered and solid) floor, and laminate flooring.

Shaw Brands

In addition to many product styles and shapes, Shaw also markets its products under a large number of brands. Some of these brands are sold exclusively at higher end stores. Others are geared on for the commercial industry, while others are mass marketed. The following sections outline some of the brands and brand grouping.

Residential Carpets

Philadelphia Carpets: This brand has been around since 1946 (with the company's acquisition of Philidelphia Carpet company). It is a very old brand with a tradition of quality behind it.

Cabin Crafts Carpets: Cabin Crafts is a brand that includes some of the company's most popular carpet products. This brand has been around since 1932 and has a lot of selection.

Queen Carpets: This brand is aimed to provide a lower cost carpet alternative for budget conscious customers. The idea is to still deliver style and quality.

Sutton Carpets: The Sutton brand is know for its quality. This brand has a particular focus on the Berber and patterned loop carpet types.

Coutoure by Sutton: Couture by Sutton is a spin off brand and is focused on quality and the higher end.

ShawMark: ShawMark is a unique brand that is sold through a few higher end, specialty, retailers. The carpet brand is known for its extreme durability.

Residential Builders

American Home Fashions: This brand is actually set up almost as a separate company within Shaw. It has its own manufacturing facilities and sells to builder in the new home industry.

Home Foundations: This brand is made just for builders of new homes and is designed to provide them with an attractive and cost effective carpeting alternative.

General Commercial Brands

Philadelphia Commercial Carpets: Similar to the Philadelphia carpets brand but tailored for commercial markets with a large line of carpeting.

Queen Commercial: Queen is designed to provide several novel and innovative carpeting alternatives for various commercial applications. This include both indoor and outdoor carpet types.

Specialty Commercial

Shaw Contract Group: Shaw Contract Group offers flooring solutions to the commercial marketplace. It is the leader in providing flooring to this market (government, hospital, education, corporate, etc).

The New Patcraft and Designweave: Brand aimed at the commercial market that emphasizes affordable carpets and flooring.

Shaw Hospitality: Brand offers flooring and carpet solutions designed for the hotel, lodging, and restaurant industries.

Design Origins: provides carpets with customer-designated patters to the hospitality, assisted living, and education market segments.

Commercial Hard Surfaces: Brand offers hardwood flooring, ceramic tile, and laminate floors for the commercial market.

Contact Information

Shaw Industries: Site offers information on brands, styles, dealers, and contains images of floors. Contact: Shaw Industries, Inc., P.O. Drawer 2128, 616 E. Walnut Avenue, Dalton, GA 30722-2128 Tel: 1-800-441-7429