Dalton, GA - Shaw Floors announced today that its hardwood manufacturing facility located in South Pittsburg, Ten., named Plant HW, has earned Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification from Scientific Certification Systems, the leading FSC certifier in the United States.

FSC provides third-party certification confirming that materials used are harvested from well-managed forest operations. Shaw's certificate number is SCS-COC-003075.

Plant HW began operations in 2006 and exclusively manufactures the company's Epic® engineered hardwood flooring brand. Veneers used in Epic are obtained from North American managed forests deemed sustainable by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and all styles are in compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) requirements. Shaw will manufacture FSC-certified Epic hardwood products by special request only. Lead time and minimum quantities will be regulated.

All Epic products comply with the recently revised Lacey Act, the United States' national wildlife protection statute that has been amended to make it a criminal offense to import illegally logged timber products into te U.S. Additionally, the enire Epic collection is Cradle to Cradle™ Silver Certified by McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) and meets the stringent chemical emissions standards of the GREENGUARD Children & School program.
Epic hardwood uses up to 50 percent less newly harvested wood than conventional 3/8" engineered wood flooring products due to its dense inner layer, EnviroCore®, which is composed of post-industrial wood fiber created in the manufacture of other products.

According to David Wilkerson, Shaw's corporate director of sustainability and product stewardship, products like Epic hardwood are part of Shaw's overall commitment to the philosophy, Sustainability through Innovation™--That's the Shaw Green Edge®. "Shaw iscommitted to creating the most beautiful and sustainable flooring in the world. Our world-class research and development team is continually developing product solutions that exceed the expectations of our customers—while protecting the ecosystem," said Wilkerson. "The FSC certification of Plant HW is an important achievement which supports our assertion that Epic hardwood is the most sustainable hardwood flooring in the marketplace today."

Scientific Certification Systems is the leader in environmental and sustainability certification. One of the first bodies accredited by the Forest Stewardship counci in 1996, SCS has since certified more than 30 million acres of responible-managed forests and 3000 companies in the FSC supply chain worldwide.

About Scientific Certification Systems

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in independent certification of environmental, susainability, stewardship, food quality, food safety and food purity claims. For more than 25 years, SCS has developed internationally recognized standards and certification programs in pursuit of the highest level of environmental performance and social accountability. SCS certifications recognize accomplishments in greenhouse gas inventories and offsets, agricultural production, food processing and handling, forestry, fisheries, flowers and plants, energy, green building, product manufacturing and corporate social responsibility.

About Shaw

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

SOURCE: Shaw Industries Group Inc.

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