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Shaw to expand Lexington County operations with $45M investment

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Published Aug. 26, 2015

Shaw Industries is investing at least $45 million for additional capacity at its Lexington County carpet fiber plant, the S.C. Commerce Department said Wednesday.

The expansion will create more than 50 jobs at the company, which will expand for additional capacity for both nylon and polyester production.

“We're excited to congratulate Shaw Industries on the decision to expand its operations in South Carolina,” Gov. Nikki Haley said. “This … is terrific news for our manufacturing industry, Lexington County and our state as a whole. We look forward to watching Shaw continue to grow here in South Carolina and around the world for many years to come.”

Shaw, which first acquired the site from Honeywell International in 2005, employs approximately 290 associates. It operates seven plants statewide and employs more than 1,500 associate at those locations.

“By continuing to invest in our people, processes and products, Shaw is able to provide a diverse product mix, innovative design, and the greatest quality and service to our customers,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO.

The plant’s new polyester extrusion operations will include the use of recycled plastic beverage bottles, which expands its use of the material, the Commerce Department said. The company already recycles three billion bottles on average annually.

Production on the equipment will begin later this year.

“We are extremely pleased that Shaw Industries, a global leader in flooring products, is desirous of expanding its Lexington County facility,” said Johnny Jeffcoat, Lexington County Council chairman. “This new venture by Shaw proves that the company's top management has faith in Lexington County's leadership as well as its workforce. Lexington County Council remains committed to providing an atmosphere that fosters growth for our long term existing industries.”

Over the last two years Shaw has committed more than $600 million in capital investment, including a $350 million expansion which will add 1,000 jobs to its hardwoods, carpet tile and resilient manufacturing.

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