Dalton, Ga.—Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities (SPADD) recently presented Shaw Industries Group the 2018 Employer of the Year award for the company’s commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.
Shaw was nominated for the award by Cross Plains Community Partner (CPCP), a local group supporting men and women with developmental disabilities in Northwest Georgia. Since 2012, Shaw has partnered with CPCP to organize Project SEARCH, a nine-month employment preparedness program for individuals with intellectual and learning disabilities. Participants receive invaluable training and workplace skills, preparing them to enter the workforce. Upon completion, graduates may be placed into jobs within their local community that fit their skills and abilities. Shaw has a long history of offering mutually beneficial employment to participants; each of the three most recent graduates are currently employed with Shaw Industries.
“Shaw is proud to be recognized as a champion of inclusivity in the workplace, especially through Project SEARCH,” said Mike Fromm, Shaw Industries’ chief human resources officer (CHRO). “We’re dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities learn integral workplace and life lessons because it gives them renewed purpose and confidence, while allowing us to deliver on our vision to create a better future in our community.”
Accepting the award on behalf of Shaw was Leigh Groves, HR manager trainee; Deanna Mathis, director—community outreach and corporate giving; Heather Canada-Smith, director—HR compliance.
Shaw actively seeks to empower its workforce and make a difference in the community. The company ranks among Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s Best Large Employers.
Dalton, Ga. and Columbia, S.C.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw) has completed the construction of a cogeneration Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant at its Columbia, S.C., fiber production facility. The CHP, which began operating in May 2018, will reduce the plant’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 26,000 metric tonnes; that’s an impact equal to removing almost 5,500 passenger vehicles from the road each year.
This is the latest in ongoing investments Shaw is making to minimize its environmental footprint. The company recently announced it has achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. Companywide, Shaw has made significant investments to help reduce its energy and greenhouse gas impact. As a result, Shaw’s greenhouse gas emissions have decreased approximately 25% compared to 2010—with a target of reducing both the amount of energy the company uses and the amount of GHG emissions it produces by 40% by 2030 (per pound of finished product).
“Climate change is a complex, global issue,” said Troy Virgo, director of sustainability and product stewardship at Shaw. “While no one company or individual can tackle this challenge alone, as a globally oriented company, we have a responsibility to positively contribute to the solution. The Combined Heat and Power Plant exemplifies one of many ways we are doing our part to have a positive impact on the world we all share.”
The result: Less fuel is used to provide the same amount of steam and electricity to the plant, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The plant will realize reduced energy costs as well.
The addition of the CHP to Shaw’s operations is all part of Shaw’s carbon strategy, which systematically focused on:
- Reducing energy demand and improving energy efficiency
- Investing in renewable energy generation
- Measuring and reporting progress with a goal toward continuous improvement
This carbon strategy is part of Shaw’s broader sustainability strategy, which focuses on products, the environment and people in Shaw’s quest to create a better future. “Sustainability challenges us to challenge ourselves,” said Virgo. “The effort matters because people matter.”
Dalton, Ga.—Shaw Industries Group has achieved carbon neutrality in its commercial carpet manufacturing operations. The achievement encompasses all commercial carpet manufacturing facilities that Shaw owns and operates globally, including those for Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract and STS.
“At Shaw, we believe in creating a better future,” said Tim Conway, vice president of sustainability for Shaw’s commercial division. “We understand the challenges of climate change are global in scale and require a global response. No one company can solve problems at this scale by itself, but we can each contribute to an effort that enables all of us to create a wave of change for the better. By reducing Shaw’s carbon footprint, we reduce the impact of what we create together.”
Shaw achieved carbon neutrality across its commercial carpet operations by first reducing its energy consumption, then switching to cleaner fuels, producing renewable energy at its own facilities, and incentivizing additional renewable energy development and usage through the purchase of renewable energy credits. These efforts include installing a 1 MW solar array atop its carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, Ga., in 2013.
Companywide, Shaw’s greenhouse gas emissions have improved approximately 25 % compared to 2010, and the company has a target of reducing both the amount of energy it uses and the amount of GHG emissions it produces by 40 % by 2030 (per pound of finished product).
“This is just one of a series of actions we have taken and will continue to take in line with our overall sustainability strategy and corporate vision,” stated Troy Virgo, director of sustainability and product stewardship, Shaw. “We all have an important role in creating a better future, and with every decision, every thought and every action, we’re working toward even better solutions. The steps we take matter for people and the planet.”
Chicago—Shaw Industries Group will exhibit its Anderson Tuftex and COREtec brands at the inaugural Domotex USA trade show, Feb. 28 to March 2, 2019 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Anderson Tuftex is Shaw’s premier line of residential hardwood flooring and carpet products. Acquired by Shaw in 2016, USFloors is the innovator of multi-layer flooring, best known as WPC and SPC flooring marketed under the COREtec brand.
“Shaw fully supports the new Domotex USA trade show,” said Tim Baucom, executive vice president of residential business at Shaw Industries. “I’m personally excited to see Domotex USA drive enthusiasm for residential flooring in North America. Shaw will be a key player at this event, and we expect to connect with new residential flooring advocates when we showcase our leading position in this space.”
The Anderson Tuftex and COREtec exhibits will be positioned alongside each other to enable attendees to easily preview all Shaw product offerings on display at Domotex USA.
USFloors has participated at Domotex in Hannover and Domotex asia/ChinaFloor for several years. “Domotex is a first class, global floor coverings exhibition,” said Piet Dossche, president of USFloors and executive vice president of hard surface for Shaw. “We believe the show’s organizers will create a similar, high-quality flooring innovations event in the U.S. and plan to utilize Domotex USA as a major platform to launch our new COREtec innovations to the North American marketplace.”
Both Anderson Tuftex and USFloors are members of the Domotex USA advisory board.
“The confidence that Anderson Tuftex, USFloors and Shaw Industries have placed in Domotex USA by becoming our largest exhibitor is humbling and confirms our commitment to build the best event for the American flooring industry,” said Raymond L. Bianchi, vice president of events and business development at Hannover Fairs USA, Domotex USA’s organizer and manager. “Shaw is a leader in the industry, and we hope to grow together to make Domotex USA the premier marketplace for floor coverings in North America.”
Dalton, Ga.—Shaw Industries Group, Inc., has been ranked on Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of America’s Best Employers 2018.
“Even as Shaw continues to invest in new and upgraded manufacturing facilities, we know that our most important asset is our people,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO of Shaw Industries. “More than 22,000 passionate, talented individuals come to work every day at Shaw to produce industry-leading flooring solutions and to create a better future for their families and communities—and our customers and company.”
In collaboration with analytics firm Statista, Forbes asked 30,000 American employees—82% full-timers—working for large firms or institutions to rate their willingness to recommend their own companies on a scale of 0 to 10. The employees who took part in the survey were consulted not via their employers but anonymously through several online access panels. The mix of respondents (gender, age, region, educational level and ethnicity) in the sample is representative of the overall U.S. workforce. Data was recorded this past August, and the scores were then analyzed using the theory of net promoter score.
Shaw’s ranking reflects its ongoing support of associates at all levels and divisions of the company. Its talent management strategy places investment in associates at the core of the company, helping them develop personal and professional skills that align with the company’s needs.
“We take pride in fostering an environment that continues to attract and retain the best available talent,” said Mike Fromm, chief human resources officer (CHRO) of Shaw. “In our culture of respect, inclusion and accountability, our associates feel empowered to share their ideas and use their creativity to meet today’s business objectives while developing themselves to meet tomorrow’s challenges.”
For more information on career opportunities available with Shaw, visit: shawinc.com/careers.
Boston—Shaw Industries Group partnered with the CDC, City and County of San Francisco, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Ecoworks Studio, GIGA, HDR and McDonough Innovation to bring fresh thinking and continuing education opportunities to Greenbuild attendees during the annual conference and expo held the week of Nov. 6 here.
“Greenbuild is focused on transforming the market and changing the way people all over the world experience buildings,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “It’s a forum that provides us with the opportunity to collaborate with customers and partners to provide insights and education as we all strive to have an even more positive impact in the world.”
At this year’s Greenbuild, Shaw provided five Education Lab sessions and hosted a session with renowned architect and visionary William McDonough in addition to being part of the Cradle to Cradle “Built Positive” day-long pre-session.
Shaw Education Lab sessions included:
- Cradle to Cradle Products—Currency in the Circular Economy: Explored growing sustainability concepts in the built environment including circular economy, buildings as material banks, material passports, health, wellness and Cradle to Cradle design.
- The Great Indoors—Creating Safe, Sustainable Environments: Showcased an innovative project undertaken with the city of San Francisco to create the great indoors told from the point of view of the city, an architect/designer and a manufacturer.
- Designing for Human Health—Cradle to Cradle and WELL: Discussed how the built environment affects human health and how Cradle to Cradle product design can help meet the growing demand for health-conscious design.
- Transparency—Tools & Tribulations: Delved into how to cut through the complexity of LEED v4 Building Product Disclosure & Optimization credits, reducing research time and associated costs, including tools developed to help simplify the complexity and facilitate the selection of products that help create beautiful, sustainable environments.
- Special Session with William McDonough “A Walk in the Garden, An Essay of Clues & The Butterfly Effect”: A look at McDonough’s extensive work to do more good, including collaboration with Shaw Contract and Patcraft to design beautiful, sustainable products with safe ingredients that can be perpetually cycled and were manufactured with respect for humans and the environment.
These insightful presentations and related continuing education opportunities are available from Shaw throughout the year.
These efforts are in keeping with Shaw’s long-held commitment to education and training that are at the heart of the company’s focus on innovation. Shaw provides more than 1 million training hours to its associates each year and offers extensive customer education opportunities.
“Our success and customers’ success is inextricably linked,” Murray notes. “By constantly looking for what’s next and keeping a pulse on the perpetually shifts in the market, we are able to not only provide the best products and services to our customers but to help them advance their business goals as well.”
Dalton—Shaw Industries Group has been selected as the recipient of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 2017 Proprietary Campaign of the Year award. This award issued by St. Jude recognizes a corporate partner who has implemented a successful proprietary campaign in addition to their primary means of support for the hospital. Shaw’s collective efforts around its cushion and carpet collections and the Patcraft Butterfly Effect carpet tile collection benefiting St. Jude are the three proprietary campaigns that inspired this selection.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Everything St. Jude does is centered on its mission: Finding cures. Saving children. Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from individual contributors, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation.
What started in 2012 as a single sponsorship of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway has grown into a multi-channel partnership touching virtually every aspect of Shaw’s business. Shaw’s partnership with St. Jude is ingrained in the company’s culture and currently consists of the following elements:
- Carpet cushion from Shaw Floors benefiting St. Jude, which began with two styles and now has seven styles today. Shaw Floors also has a comprehensive 42-style carpet collection benefiting St. Jude.
- Butterfly Effect collection, a design collaboration between Patcraft and William McDonough, which benefits St. Jude.
- Shaw is a gold-level sponsor of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend where Shaw associates come together to fundraise and run.
- Silver-level sponsor of the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer where Shaw retailers and associates across the country participate in the 62-city run/walk and fundraise.
To date, Shaw has donated over $6.4 million to St. Jude.
This award is an embodiment of Shaw’s commitment to servant leadership and its corporate vision of creating a better future for its customers, business partners and the communities it serves.
Dalton–Shaw Industries Group Inc. has been ranked among the Selling Power list of “50 Best Companies to Sell For. The corporate research team at Selling Power magazine evaluated companies with sales teams of all sizes. Companies on the Selling Power “50 Best Companies to Sell For” list are evaluated in the following areas:
- Compensation packages for salespeople
- Sales culture
- Onboarding and sales-enablement strategies
- Training and coaching processes
- Annual turnover percentage
“Our talented residential and commercial sales teams are vitally important to Shaw’s success,” said Chris Clement, director of corporate sales training and development at Shaw. “This recognition by Selling Power validates Shaw Industries’ approach to developing a culture that supports continued learning and opportunities for growth for our sales professionals—and all Shaw associates.”
Shaw employs nearly 1,200 sales associates globally and supports them at every stage of their career with multi-dimensional training and development. The company’s award-winning Shaw Learning Academy (SLA) offers a 12-week sales trainee program for recent college graduates as well as ongoing education provided via blended learning. Embedded in this training is reinforcement of Shaw’s customer-centric approach and a focus on helping customers achieve their objectives and grow their business.
Dalton—Shaw Industries Group plans to shift production from Plant 14 in Valley Head, Ala., into other facilities across Georgia and Alabama. This consolidation will impact 183 associates and will result in the closing of Plant 14. The consolidation process will begin in May with operations ceasing in July.
The change aligns with the ongoing trend of consumer preference for products manufactured with filament yarn instead of spun yarn. As Shaw continues to grow and innovate, it will continually adjust production to match market demands and to leverage investments in more advanced technology and high-demand product categories.
“We want to thank the associates of Plant 14 for their years of service and passion to supply our customers with exceptional quality products,” said Al Scruggs, human resources director for Shaw’s manufacturing and distribution divisions. “As we engage in the consolidation process, jobs will be available at other Shaw facilities. Shaw’s human resources team will assist associates with internal job opportunities and provide out-placement options.”
Over the past two years, Shaw has committed $600 million in capital investments to enhance its operations, including expanding U.S. operations in hardwood, resilient, carpet tile, extrusion, distribution and recycling. At full capacity, these expansions will create almost 1,000 jobs throughout the Southeast.
Dalton–Shaw Industries Group (Shaw) has been named to Forbes’ America’s Best Large Employers 2016 list. It is the company’s second time on the list, which debuted in 2015, reflecting the company’s intense focus on people.
By regularly soliciting feedback from both hourly and salaried associates, it remains cognizant of the needs and concerns of its workforce and adjusts or develops programs as necessary.
“We take great pride in this recognition as it illustrates our commitment to creating a better future through people,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO of Shaw. “We firmly believe that the future of our company lies in the strength of our associates and their ability to achieve their highest potential. We strive daily to create an environment that fosters their development, feeds their passion, and encourages collaboration and innovation.”
Approximately 30,000 employees at companies with at least 2,500 people were surveyed for the America’s Best Employers list. The survey was conducted with global digital data collection partners who use innovative technology and proven sampling methodologies to facilitate a deep understanding of consumer opinions and behavior. Participation in the survey was voluntary, and respondents were recruited from thousands of sources to maximize reach and representation.
“At Shaw, our approach to talent management is fully integrated with our business strategy,” said Paul Richard, Shaw vice president of human resources. “By clearly defining how each role connects with the organizational goals, we are able to provide clarity around leadership expectation at every level and what is required to advance through the company. This transparency drives associates’ engagement and accelerates our ability to respond to a rapidly changing business environment.”