Paul Murray Joins Shaw Industries Groups, Inc. As Vice President Of Sustainability & Environmental Affairs


Dalton, Ga. – February 17, 2011 – Shaw Industries announced today that Paul Murray has joined the company as the Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs.

Murray joins Shaw after more than 20 years with Herman Miller, a recognized early corporate leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship. Murray most recently served as that company's EH&S and sustainable business practices leader.

During his tenure at Herman Miller, Murray and others established EQAT, the Environmental Quality Action Team. Through that team and other efforts, Herman Miller achieved high-profile recognition for its environmental efforts, including a Presidential citation and national recognition as an environmentally progressive company. Named Herman Miller's Director of Environmental Safety and Sustainability in 2006, Murray was also recognized that year in an article for Vanity Fair's "Green" issue entitled: "The Re-Inventors: Green Architects and Designers."

"Paul's passion, experience and credibility as both an innovator and a corporate sustainability leader will play a vital role in helping us move forward with our commitment to sustainability through innovation," Shaw CEO Vance Bell said.

Bell also said Murray's prior successes demonstrate a shared belief in the power and opportunity of private enterprise to affect true social and environmental change.

"We look forward to Paul's insight and perspective as we continue working to address the challenges of sustainable business that affect all corporations today – and will affect us all in the future," Bell said.

Murray holds memberships with the Air and Waste Management Association, the National Association of Environmental Managers, the American Society of Interior Design and the West Michigan Business Forum. He serves on the Board of Directors for both the University of Michigan's Corporate Environmental Program and Penn State's School of Business Advisory Board in addition to board memberships for several non-profit environmental organizations. In 2002 he co-founded the Sustainable Research Group (SRG), an environmental consulting service created to help other companies implement green initiatives similar to Herman Miller's.

A LEED accredited professional, Murray holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Northern State College in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a Master's degree in management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Murray and his family will relocate to the Northwest Georgia area from Hudsonville, Michigan.

About the Shaw Green Edge
Sustainability through InnovationTM 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 continuously 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 our communities, to conserving energy and water and recycling raw materials, to designing cradle to cradle products that can be remanufactured 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. For more information about the Shaw Green Edge, visit

About Shaw Industries Group, Inc.
Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world's largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider with more than $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 25,000 associates worldwide. 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

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