Shaw Diversifies its Synthetic Turf Portfolio

November 30, 2011

Dalton, Ga. – Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will become the exclusive provider of synthetic turf material used by ClosureTurf, LLC, an Atlanta-based landfill closure systems provider, the company announced today. Thispartnership will further diversify Shaw’s growing portfolio of synthetic turf-based businesses that includes Shaw Sportexe and Southwest Greens International.

“Shaw continues to evaluate the mix of its product offerings across all categories,” says Vance Bell, chief executive officer of Shaw. “The company’s investment in and partnership with ClosureTurf supports our diversification strategy within the turf category, as well as Shaw’s efforts to grow and prosper its business for the long term. Shaw has taken a leadership position within the turf industry, and this latest strategic partnership will further expand the scope and reach of our turf operations.”

ClosureTurf TM is used to reduce the time, cost and environmental impact associated with landfill closure. The patented system consists of a synthetic turf layer, a layer of woven geotextiles, a structured drainage geomembrane patented and provided exclusively by Agru America, and a specialized sand infill material. ClosureTurf is laid directly on the intermediate soil cover, eliminating the top layer of soil and grass that is traditionally required for landfill closings. The synthetic turf requires minimal maintenance and helps prevent soil erosion.

On average, landfill owners have realized:

  • Construction savings of $10,000 – $20,000 per acre, based on soil availability
  • Post-closure maintenance savings of $21,000 per acre
  • Vertical gas well savings of $8,500 per acre

The environmental benefit provided by ClosureTurf is also significant. By eliminating the top soil covering, ClosureTurf prevents the transportation of thousands of truck loads of top soil, and at the same time allowing the resulting saved space to be used for more waste disposal, maximizing the use of the landfill before closing. The patented system also reduces the carbon footprint by approximately 70% for the construction alone, when compared to traditional closure methods, with further reduction provided by more efficient capture of methane and elimination of maintenance equipment.

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 24,000 associates worldwide. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential and commercial applications worldwide, as well as sports turf. 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 www.shawgreenedge.com.

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