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September 17, 2009

Shaw Wins Four Floor Covering Weekly GreenStep Awards


Dalton, Ga. - September 17, 2009 - Shaw was recognized with four prestigious Floor Covering Weekly inaugural GreenStep awards during a luncheon in Dalton yesterday. Working with a panel of distinguished industry experts, Floor Covering Weekly recognized the outstanding environmental contributions of organizations throughout the industry.

Shaw was honored to receive the GreenStep Pinnacle Award for the company's leadership in environmental, economic and social responsibility. The program's highest award, the GreenStep Pinnacle Award recognizes a company that has demonstrated excellence above and beyond industry norms benefitting the flooring industry with leadership in sustainability. The Shaw Green Edge? business sustainability platform represents a comprehensive approach to leadership in Sustainability through Innovation? serving our customers, our associates, our communities and other stakeholders.

According to Floor Covering Weekly publisher and editor-in-chief Santiago Montero, the Pinnacle Award - along with the other accolades Shaw received - served as an important recognition of Shaw's sustainability leadership. Shaw received the award for the company's leadership in environmental, economic and social responsibility and for its fully integrated commitment to sustainaility - including a host of eco-friendly products and a strong commitment to environmentall, health and safety excellence.

Shaw also received the GreenStep Process Award, for the company's Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility in Augusta, Ga. Evergreen represents the largest post-consumer carpet recycling initiative in the industry. To date, Evergreen has recycled over 200 million pounds of Type 6 nylon.

The Shaw Green Edge was also recognized with the GreenStep Environmental Leadership Award as one of the industry's most comprehensive platforms communicating sustainability.

In addition, Shaw's Anderson Hardwood CEO Don Finkell won the Environmental Leadership Pinnacle Award for his dedication to responsible forestry and his work advocating the recent amendment to the Lacey Act. As a result of this amendment, today it is illegal to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire of purchase illegally harvested wood.

The overall awards list includes:

Environmental Leadership Awards:

Promotion - Shaw Green Edge

Product - Mannington Residential Resilient

Process - Interface ReEntry 2.0

Pinnacle - Anderson Hardwood's Don Finkell for work on Lacey Act amendment

Green Step Awards:

Promotion - Bostik

Process - Shaw Evergreen

Product - Mohawk Sorona

Pinnacle - Shaw Sustainability Leadership (W2E, Evergreen, water, renewable energy, and products)

"Shaw is honored to have received four Floor Covering Weekly GreenStep awards," said Rick Ramirez, Shaw's vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs. "We are especially proud of the Floor Covering Weekly GreenStep Pinnacle Award. Our total commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the industry, and we appreciate the recognition for our comprehensive and groundbreaking efforts."

The distinguished panel of judges includes:

Michelle Moore, U.S. Green Building Council

Rick Bell, American Institute of Architects

Bob Peoples, Amereican Chemical Society

Dean Thompson, Resilient Floor Covering Institute

Ed Korczak, Nnational Wood Flooring Association

Bill Griese, Tile Council of North America

Frank Hurd, Carpet & Rug Institute

Bill Dearing, North American Laminate Flooring Association