The North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) has announced the addition of Shaw Industries to its roster of members.

The Georgia-based flooring manufacturer is the latest to join the trade association which focuses on establishing and maintaining high standards in laminate flooring in North America and recognizing those that meet these standards.

Having just entered the laminate category in 2001, Shaw already has generated more than $60 million in laminate flooring sales last year. The company opened its own 150 million-square-foot capacity laminate plant in Ringgold, Ga., just over a year ago, and now runs three shifts seven days a week.

NALFA established standards for residential laminate flooring in October 2001. Developed and certified through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), these standards ensure that products demonstrate the highest levels of resistance to such factors as impact, light, stains, radiant heat, static loads and general wear.