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October 2, 2009

Shaw Wins Environmental FloorTek Award for Evergreen


Dalton, Ga. - October 2, 2009- The American Floorcovering Alliance FloorTek Awards honors Shaw Industries with the Environmental Leadership Award for the company's Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility. Jeremy Stroop, Operations Manager for the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), presented the award. According to Stroop, Shaw is responsible for one-third of all carpet collction in the nation and is the world's largest carpet recycler. The company was also praised for its work in innovation, post-consumer carpet reclamation and commitment to cradle to cradle design. Other nominees in the Environmental Award category included the "GreenWorks Center" by Mohawk Industries and Cycle-Tex for the company's recycling efforts.


"Shaw is honored to have received the FloorTek Environmental Award for Evergreen," said Rick Ramirez, Shaw's vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. "Since 2007, Evergreen has recycled over 200 million pounds of post-consumer carpet. Our total commitment to sustainability through innovation is reflected in the Shaw Green Edge and is evident throughout the industry, and we appreciate the recognition for our efforts."


The FLOORTEK EXPO 2009, organized by the American Floorcovering Alliance, was hosted September 22nd - 24th at the North West Georgia Trade & Convention Center. On the first evening of the show, AFA presented the FloorTek awards, which recognized companies and individuals for their outstanding contributions to the flooring industry.


About the Shaw Green Edge

Sustainability through Innovation™ That's the Shaw Green Edge®


It's our commitment to create the most beautiful - and sustainable - flooring in the world and to help create a better planet for our customers, our people and our communities in the process.


Rooted in our drive to continually improve every aspect of our business, the Shaw Green Edge guides everything we do, every day - from maintaining the highest ethical standards to safeguarding the health and well-being of our people and communities, from conserving energy and water and recycling raw materials to designing cradle-to-cradle products that can be manufactured over and over again.


Because setting the standard for environmental excellence, social responsibility and product design is more than our responsibility. It's also good business. And it's our legacy.


About Shaw

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a susbsidiary 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 26,000 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.