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 Robert E. Shaw Steps Down as Shaw CEO

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July 20, 2006

Robert E. Shaw Steps Down as Shaw CEO

Dalton, GA - Robert E. Shaw, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw Industries, Inc., has announced his plan to step down as the CEO effective September 1, 2006. He will remain a member of the Companys Board of Directors and will advise, at the request of management, on long-range planning including potential acquisitions.

In addition, as part of the Companys transition plan, the Company has announced that Vance Bell has been elected by the Board to succeed Robert Shaw as the Companys next Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Bell is currently Executive Vice President in charge of Operations and is a Company veteran for over 30 years. Randy Merritt, also a Company veteran of over 30 years and currently Executive Vice President in charge of Sales and Marketing, has been elected as President of Shaw Industries, to succeed Julian Saul who recently retired.

In commenting on these events, Mr. Robert E. Shaw stated, I am very excited about the future of Shaw Industries and look forward to helping the new management team in any way that I can. I would also like to thank all of our people, customers and suppliers for their support and for the loyalty they have shown me and Shaw Industries over the years.

About Shaw:
Shaw Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the worlds largest manufacturer of tufted broadloom carpet (http://shawfloors.com). Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw sells carpeting and rugs for residential and commercial applications throughout the United States and exports to most markets worldwide. Through its network of commercial dealers known as Spectra Contract Flooring, Shaw sells flooring products and provides project management services. Shaw also offers hard surface flooring through the brands Shaw Ceramics, Shaw Laminate Flooring and Shaw Hardwoods.