Shaw Industries, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, is among the world's largest carpet manufacturers. Headquartered in Georgia, the company produces and sells carpet, rugs, ceramic, hardwood and laminate flooring for residential and commercial applications worldwide. The company manufactures more than 600 million square yards of floor covering annually. Its 30,000 employees help provide assistance for production needs from carpet fiber extrusion to tufting and from research and development to final delivery. The company offers more than 25,000 selling styles and colors. Shaw s history dates back to 1946 when it operated as Star Dye Company, a small business that dyed tufted scatter rugs. Shaw Industries maintains a location in Thomson, Ga.