Shaw to Invest $184 Million in Alabama Fiber Plant

Noria news wires

Shaw Industries Group recently announced that it will invest $184 million at its manufacturing facility in Andalusia, Alabama. The project will include construction of new and expanded building assets, and installation of new manufacturing equipment.

The changes are expected to improve efficiency and production as well as ergonomics and safety for the more than 1,000 associates who work at the plant, which creates fiber used to manufacture carpet. Additionally, improvements to chillers and the use of new equipment stand to improve energy efficiency.

"These investments will ensure the long-term viability of this critical operation within Shaw's portfolio of manufacturing facilities," said Vance Bell, Shaw chairman and CEO. "They are designed to improve the plant's ability to compete successfully in the marketplace for the short and long term. This facility upgrade will utilize state-of-the-art technology and innovative processes that will be industry leading in cost and quality."

Demolition work is already underway at the facility, and the new equipment is set to be in place and operational by mid-2018. The facility will remain operational throughout the transition.

"Shaw's commitment to safety and product quality are the cornerstone of business," said Ron Fantroy, plant manager at the Andalusia facility. "This tremendous investment illustrates our continual effort to improve our operations and employ advanced manufacturing techniques to meet the needs of our associates and customers."

Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. The company employs more than 20,000 associates throughout the world.

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