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Shaw deploys e-Learning; first in carpet, flooring industries

November 2, 2001
Shaw Industries Inc.'s adoption of a fully-hosted e-Learning solution has it the distinction of being the first carpet and flooring industry company to deploy a wide scale program of its type.

DALTON, Ga. -- Its adoption of a fully-hosted e-Learning solution has given Shaw Industries Inc. (NYSE:SHX) the distinction of being the first company in the carpet and flooring industry to deploy a wide scale e-learning program.

In signing an agreement with Element K, a Rochester, NY-based provider of corporate e-learning solutions for information technology and business skills training, Shaw (www.shawinc.com) will use Element K's e-Learning solution to provide consistent training, particularly in business and technology skills, to its geographically diverse divisions and to all employees requiring computer application training. The initiative also directly supports one of Shaw's core principles -- to attract, develop and retain the best people, in-part through continued education and training.

"Shaw Industries chose e-Learning because the company is committed to offering employees access to knowledge -- both to enhance their personal and professional lives and to further our company's innovative culture," said Shaw CIO Jim Berry. "We chose Element K because they have a shared commitment to learning, nearly 20 years of experience in the industry and, most importantly, because we were impressed with their knowledge base, particularly on their support services teams."

The agreement includes Element K's learning management system (LMS) and access to Element K's Office Productivity library. Element K's LMS will provide Shaw with the opportunity to integrate proprietary content as needed in the future.

Shaw Industries introduces new technologies and processes to nearly 30,000 employees in manufacturing plants and distribution centers in six states and 20 metropolitan areas. Element K's e-Learning solution will help Shaw disseminate these technologies and also enable employees to increase knowledge and skills from their desktops, resulting in improved efficiencies and performance company-wide.

Shaw Industries, Inc. is the largest tufted carpet manufacturer in the world.