Shaw Carpet Industries Broke Ground in Nantong, China
On June 26, 2012 Shaw Carpet Industries broke ground on its 20,000 sq meter plant that will be manufacturing carpet tile. It is planned to open one year from now. Recently it opened its third showroom in Beijing, China last May. The new facility has been put into motion to give customers faster access to a vast range of completely recyclable, PVC free products. This new plant is a big investment for the company with plans to employ the latest manufacturing technology. The facility is conveniently located about 100 kilometers from Shanghai, giving it close access to highways and ports that have the ability to access the main markets in Asia.
Jeff Galloway, Shaw’s Global Operations Director, stated “With this investment in Asia, we are taking another step toward becoming a local brand across the globe.” He continued by saying, “In addition to continuing to work with our extensive dealer network across the continent, and opening showrooms or sales offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Singapore, manufacturing close to our customers will enable us to nimbly offer the widest array of products available immediately in the range of options that our customers expect – without waiting six to 12 weeks for shipping from the U.S.”
This is a big step into a global market for Shaw Carpet Industries. The company expects to produce more than a million square meters of carpet tile within the first year of opening this amazing facility. The ultimate goal of the plant will be a produce 5 million square meters annually, which is very ambitious, but with a company history such as Shaw’s, it is a reality that I can imagine will come to fruition. The facility will have 75 to 100 associates and after the first year they plan to have 200 to 250 to be employed at full capacity.
Galloway also stated, “Just as it has in the U.S., local market knowledge in Asia will inspire design, inform performance and drive innovation for Shaw Contract Group.” Adding, “Design differentiates Shaw Contract Group from other commercial flooring options. Our EcoWorx carpet tile products are designed for use in any commercial environment, in any Global market.”
I’ll leave you with some pictures of the inspiring visions of the new Shaw Contract Group’s Show Room in Beijing, China.