Shaw Expands Resilient Manufacturing Capabilities, Adding USFloors Product Lines

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
A Shaw associate inspects LVT product manufactured at Plant RP in Ringgold (April 2016).
A Shaw associate inspects LVT product manufactured at Plant RP in Ringgold (April 2016).

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has completed a $30 million investment to manufacture composite core LVT flooring in its resilient manufacturing facility in Ringgold, known as Plant RP. Shaw started manufacturing LVT in this state-of-the-art plant in 2016. This latest installation will manufacture Shaw and USFloors WPC and rigid core products by the end of third quarter this year.

"This marks the first investment and manufacturing of WPC and rigid core products in the U.S. and will confirm the leadership position Shaw and USFloors command in this fastest growing segment of the flooring market today," officials said.



“In the past few years, Shaw has invested significantly in people, products, processes and plants to ensure we meet customer expectations for high-quality products and superior service,” stated Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and CEO. 

“Fueled by the acquisition of USFloors and the opening of Plant RP, Shaw is expanding rapidly in the high-growth resilient and composite core category,” said Mr. Bell. “The expansion of our manufacturing capabilities at this facility positions us for continued success.” 

"Plant RP currently produces multiple LVT platforms to serve residential and commercial markets. All LVT products shipping from Plant RP include Shaw’s new, innovative Scuff Resist Platinum or Exoguard+ top coat that improves scratch and stain resistance. The diversity of products manufactured at this location will continue to expand including the addition of the composite core production line.  

"To provide an expansive portfolio of products to meet diverse customer needs, Shaw will continue working with trusted and respected suppliers. Within this approach, Shaw’s U.S. manufacturing operations provides a number of benefits to Shaw’s customers including fostering greater opportunities for innovation in design and performance and quicker ship times for U.S. customers in particular. 

"More than 100 associates currently work at the facility, which will employ almost 250 at its current planned capacity. This latest announcement builds upon the $100 million invested in the first phase of production at this facility -- with additional investment and expansion expected to continue to meet growing market demand," officials said. 




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