The company is expected to make an $85 million investment in Georgia and create 500 new jobs.
“We are delighted to have landed this opportunity in our home state,” said Chuck Dobbins, company director of corporate assets, at a press conference at Adairsville Train Depot in downtown. “We’re talking about something new.”
The company plans to build and equip 600,000 to 700,000 square feet of manufacturing and warehouse space. The plant will be built on 117.6 acres located near the intersection of Highway 140 and Hall Station Road. Construction will begin in 2014.
The plant will manufacture modular carpet tiles and is part of the company’s investment in the growing demand for the product, Dobbins said.
“We look forward to adding to our organization,” Dobbins said. “All of northwest Georgia benefits when we get a project of this size.”
The company worked closely with the Cartersville-Bartow County Department of Economic Development, Bartow County, the city of Adairsville, the Development Authority of Bartow County, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and numerous other officials as it explored potential sites and collaborated on a memorandum of understanding to accommodate its business growth.
Brittany Holtzclaw, development project manager, oversaw the project for the state.
Bartow County Administrator Peter Olson said adding 500 additional jobs to the 8,000 in the manufacturing sector in the county is important.
“That’s a significant increase,” Olson said.
Mayor Evan King said the new facility is a great addition to Adairsville.
“I’m excited for what this means to the community,” King said.
With the approval of the memorandum by the development authority, Shaw’s next steps include continued collaboration with the city, county and state as it proceeds with standard site-related due diligence, permitting and other contractual processes. As Bartow County’s largest employer, Shaw currently operates six facilities in the county, including another carpet tile manufacturing facility located in Cartersville.