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 Shaw Floors Rolls out the Red Carpet at Grand Central Terminal

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Shaw Floors Rolls out the Red Carpet at Grand Central Terminal

Three Flooring Styles Installed in Iconic Vanderbilt Hall


NEW YORK, November 18, 2013- Shaw Floors is restoring the Grand Central Terminal tradition of rolling out the red carpet, this time for the holidays. The Dalton, Ga., headquartered company unveiled more than 14,000 square feet of its carpet, hardwood, and resilient floors during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair in Vanderbilt Hall today. One million people pass through Grand Central Terminal each day of the holiday season, totaling tens of millions of steps on flooring from presenting sponsor Shaw Floors during the six-week fair.

"Just like our homes, the floors of Grand Central Terminal are put to the test each day with kids, messes and weather," said Randy Merritt, president of Shaw Floors. "Design and durability have been at the core of Shaw Floors and Grand Central Terminal for decades, setting a strong foundation for this year's partnership in one of the busiest rooms in the world."

Each piece of flooring installed throughout the Vanderbilt Hall and at Terminal entrances was carefully selected to complement the iconic architecture of the historic building. Shaw's Design Details in Grand Central Red lines the Holiday Fair aisleways to welcome guests in the same way celebrities were greeted at Grand Central Terminal dating back to the late 1920's. Park Avenue resilient in color Grand Central, a luxurious resilient plank from from Shaw's new 5th & Main collection, is underfoot throughout Vanderbilt Hall for a realistic hardwook look made for high traffic areas. Hudson Bay hardwood in Copperidge, part of the EpicĀ® Legends collection, is an eco-friendly floor that leads guests through the hall from the main Terminal into the fair. Shaw's red all-weather carpets will invite visitors to the fair at each entrance.

The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair features distinctive gifts from 76 artisans and small businesses, primarily from the Greater New York area. It is open daily in Vanderbilt Hall from November 18 through December 24, except for Thanksgiving Day (November 28). For more information, including shopping hours and a full list of vendors, please email mailto:GCT@goodmanmedia.com.

About Shaw

The world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, area rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient vinyl and 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 billion in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Ga., with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawfloors.com/about-shaw.

About Grand Central Terminal

MTA Metro-North Railroad is the steward of Grand Central Terminal, which stands as one of America's greatest transportation hubs and one of New York City's most iconic buildings. it is both a national landmark and an international example of the success that can be achieved giving new life to a historic building that otherwise may have been destroyed. The Grand Central brand reflects the remarkable caliber of services in the Terminal, including boutique restaurants and cocktail lounges, a gourmet market, and many specialty shops. It draws more than 750,000 national and international visitors each day and wows them with its varied offerings and tour programs. Storied Vanderbilt Hall, once the waiting room for long-distance travelers, is among the most-desired public event spaces in the city.