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 Shaw Honored as One of Country's Top 100 Training Companies

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March 18, 2005

Shaw Honored as One of Country's Top 100 Training Companies

Dalton, GA - Shaw Industries was recently recognized by Training magazine as one of its annual Top 100 training companies. Shaw is the first floor covering manufacturer to be named in the publications awards list, which includes companies noted for exceptional training programs, including Deloitte & Touche, IBM, Microsoft, Pfizer, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, and Wachovia Corporation. Shaw representatives accepted the award in the magazines black-tie Top 100 Gala in New Orleans on February 27, 2005.

Training, a 40-year-old professional development magazine, advocates training and workforce development as a business tool. According to its editors, the annual awards are given to companies that foster their peoples learning, development, and relationships within the company and display a consistent and clear understanding that the ultimate prosperity of the organization is directly related to the extent that individual employees are encouraged to develop their own potential.

The awards were presented by Training magazines publisher, Richard Ausman, who congratulated the Top 100 winners, saying, Thanks to your vision and guidance, your organizations are leaders in employee development...We celebrate your efforts to build learning organizations that invest in their human assets - the only true competitive advantage in todays global marketplace.

The Training Top 100 spent nearly $5 billion on training and development initiatives last year. On average, the Top 100 provide 53.5 hours of training per employee each year, funded by an average 4 percent of payroll - a full 1.4 points higher than the industry norm of 2.6 percent.

Danny Crutchfield, Shaws director of corporate training and organizational development, accepted the award on behalf of the company. Crutchfield said, The Top 100 award is a tribute to the senior management of Shaw Industries, who have always emphasized the concept that people are our most important asset. Joining Crutchfield in accepting the award were Shaws Brian Cooksey, Scott Humphrey, and Mary Rose Threet, who represented the Shaw Learning Academy, the companys strategic umbrella of training centers dedicated to developing and educating its employees, customers, and suppliers.

Crutchfield added that the same "Top 100" training that enhances the performance of Shaw's employees has been offered and delivered to their customers. In fact, this tradition of providing training for customers was one of the key factors in Shaw being recognized in the "Top 100."

Danny Crutchfield - 706.275.4568