Shaw Industries Group commemorates its 50th anniversary in 2017. With roots in the textile industry of northwest Georgia, the company was founded in 1967 when it formed a holding company to purchase Philadelphia Carpet Company.

“We have a proud history of driving the industry forward,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO. “As we work to achieve our corporate vision of creating a better future for our customers, associates, the company, and our communities, we’re taking a moment to reflect on our past, but more importantly to transform ourselves into an even more innovative, diverse, sustainable, customer-focused company for the future.”

Shaw’s year-long celebration includes an associate-focused event that took place in Dalton, Ga. on March 3 that was attended by more than 4,000 people who work throughout Shaw’s operations—from manufacturing and product development to sales and distribution.

The energizing, day-long event featured: presentations from Shaw leaders about the leadership characteristics needed to take the company into the future; a retrospective of Shaw’s history told through the personal stories of Shaw associates with the opportunity for attendees to contribute their own stories on-site; interactive activities to promote collaboration, future thinking, and engagement; and a 360-degree tour of Shaw representing the company’s showrooms, manufacturing operations, and distribution facilities through a virtual reality experience.

“As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we must be anticipating the next 50 years,” said Bell. “We have to ensure we have the foundation to continually anticipate shifts in the market, technology advancements, and consumer preferences. We must continue to grow, change, and innovate, taking what has been positive and strong about our history and culture—and rapidly adapt to a world in which change is accelerating around us exponentially.”

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