Senior officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and Shaw Industries Group will meet tomorrow morning, Sept. 10, at Shaw's Plant 72 in Dalton, Ga., to discuss the impact of sustainable manufacturing practices on the carpet industry and how implementation can make industry more competitive.  

Ronald Lorentzen, deputy assistant secretary for Import Administration, and Kim Glas, deputy assistant secretary for textiles and apparel, will highlight Commerce’s Sustainable Manufacturing Initiative resources available from the Federal government to address the issue of advancing competitiveness through sustainability. The event is part of the department's Sustainable Manufacturing American Regional Tour for Textiles (SMARTer Textiles).

“The U.S. carpet and floor covering industry is among the most progressive industries in addressing environmental and sustainable manufacturing challenges and the opportunities associated with such practices can apply to most domestic manufacturing sectors,” Lorentzen said.