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October 2007

Shaw Announces New Laminate Locking System Named LocNPlace®

DALTON, GA - The Hard Surface Division of Shaw Industries has announced the implementation of a revolutionary new locking system named LocNPlace®. Shaw is the first and only North American manufacturer to utilize this single-action, patented technology.

"This is truly the most exciting enhancement in the laminate floor industry. Not since the conversion from glued to glueless laminate installation has there been an advancement of this magnitude in the industry. LocNPlace not only dramatically decreases installation time but also makes laminate installation easier," said Scott Sandlin, Shaw's vice president of hard surface business development. "Shaw is the first manufacturer in North America to launch this type of installation system."

Installation of LocNPlace products requires a simple single-action angle and drop. Ends of the laminate click vertically. Lifting of the previous piece of laminate during installation or the use of traditional installation tools such as a hammer and tapping block are unnecessary. In addition to the advantages of the new system, LocNPlace also offers the benefits of Shaw's VersaLock locking system, including exceptional seam integrity, joint strength, moisture resistance and highly competitive pricing.

"Throughout the years, I have performed many installations," said James Mullins, Shaw's manager of field technical services. "LocNPlace is the fastest and the easiest installation I have ever experienced, and I believe it is the future of laminate flooring."

Mollie Allen

About Shaw
Shaw Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider with more than $5 billion in annual sales and approximately 31,000 associates. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and cradle to cradle design solutions, collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge. For more information, visit shawfloors.com.