Shaw Industries Group Inc. has begun operations at a new rug distribution facility in Ringgold, Ga. Catering specifically to national retail chain customers, Plant 37 provides Shaw Living, Shaw’s rug division, "a more efficient and state-of-the-art automated packaging system," the company said.

"This facility is a commitment to the future of our rug division," said Jeff Brown, vp Shaw Living. "We will be moving product as fast and efficiently as we can to satisfy our customers and improve our own effectiveness as a company."

The plant, with more than 600,000 sq. ft., includes computerized, consolidated shipping technology designed to provide timely service. An automated packing system is also aimed at increasing efficiencies.

Shaw said the facility is at 95 percent completion since opening in May, and will reach full operating capacity in August.