Shaw Industries Named to Training Magazine’s Top 125 List for 11th Consecutive Year

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Training Magazine recognizes Shaw Industries excellent training and development programs for the 11th consecutive year.

Shaw’s associates are at the heart of the company’s success and our ability to create great products and provide superb service,” says Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s director of corporate training and organizational development.

Shaw Industries, Inc. has been recognized by Training magazine as a "Training Top 125" company for 2015, marking Shaw’s eleventh consecutive year on the list. Training Top 125 ranks companies’ excellence in employer-sponsored training and development programs.

The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

Shaw’s education and training efforts have consistently been recognized for high performance. In addition to being among the Training Top 125, the company ranked:

  •     No. 4 in the most recent Elearning! magazine’s Learning! 100. Honored for the fourth consecutive year, Shaw was among top learning organizations cited for high performance, organizational culture, innovation and collaboration.
  •     No. 13 on the latest Selling Power 50 Best Companies to Sell For list. The only flooring manufacturer on the list, Shaw was rated based upon revenue and growth; sales compensation packages; sales culture; onboarding and sales enablement strategies; the training and coaching process; annual turnover percentage; and company recognition and reputation.

“Shaw’s associates are at the heart of the company’s success and our ability to create great products and provide superb service,” notes Danny Crutchfield, Shaw’s director of corporate training and organizational development. “We’re honored that Shaw and the Shaw Learning Academy have been recognized again for our ongoing efforts to advance and invest in our associates’ personal and professional development and the success of our customers.”

Shaw’s education and training efforts extend beyond its 23,000 associates to customers, the community, and the future workforce.

Recognizing that Shaw’s and retailers’ success are inextricably linked, Shaw’s comprehensive and customized programs offer education and training to help retailers meet their business objectives. More than 15,000 customers engage with the Shaw Learning Academy each year through regional training, online sessions, markets, the Shaw Flooring Network Convention, and other offerings.

Additionally, as Training magazine highlights, with more than $1 billion invested in new equipment, new technology and new processes over the past few years, almost every job at Shaw — from designers and data scientists to machinists and managers — requires a higher skill level than before. As a result, Shaw has helped develop an array of education programs to ensure the company has the highly skilled workforce necessary to meet current and future business demands. From reading to robotics, these partnerships with state and local governments, academic institutions (K-12 and higher education), and local communities are addressing the growing skills gap in U.S. manufacturing.

About The Shaw Learning Academy
The Shaw Learning Academy was established nearly 20 years ago as a single sales training program and has since evolved into eight “Centers of Excellence” whose mission is, in part, to partner with internal and external clients to help achieve the objectives of the business by delivering world-class development opportunities and training services.

About Shaw Industries
The world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer that supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, tile & stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. A wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than $4.8 billion (USD) in annual sales and 23,000 associates, Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit http://shawfloors.com/about-shaw.

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