Shaw Temporarily Suspends Many Manufacturing Operations

Due to the disruption of business associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Shaw will temporarily suspend many of its manufacturing operations in the U.S. The staggered, temporary shutdowns will begin on April 6, 2020. The operations will ramp back up over time based on market demand, with some operations starting back up as soon as April 13, 2020. Shaw will support its associates during this time by filing for their unemployment benefits.

During these temporary shutdowns, sales, distribution, administration, and some manufacturing facilities will continue to operate to meet the needs of stakeholders, including customers, associates, and the communities where Shaw operates.

Shaw has an expansive soft and hard surface inventory in North America and a diverse supply chain both in the U.S. and internationally. They currently do not anticipate any major service disruptions.

Since the outbreak of this pandemic, Shaw has developed comprehensive, emergency response policies and procedures to support our associates during these challenging times. They care about their associates’ safety while they are at work, as well as when they are at home and in the community. 

Highlights of their policies and procedures include:

  • If an associate determines he/she is unable to work or is uncomfortable at work, they can choose to stay home. This allows associates to make the best choices for their family. Associates may use their regular paid or unpaid time off options.
  • Should an associate have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or be placed into quarantine at the request of local health officials, a medical professional, or Shaw, the associate will receive paid leave for up to 14 calendar days.
  • For work taking place at Shaw facilities, we’ve implemented enhanced, extensive cleaning methods that occur at the beginning and end of every shift.
  • We have limited in-person meetings and are avoiding plant-to-plant travel.
  • Shaw’s Employee Assistance Program is available at no cost to associates and their households.
  • We’ve provided frequent updates regarding our policies and procedures and remind our associates of health and safety guidelines to follow at work and in their personal lives to maintain their health and safety.

Additionally, while their facilities are shut down, the company will continue to enhance cleaning protocols and social distancing practices, and further train leaders regarding how to best operate their facilities during these unprecedented times. 

To learn more about Shaw’s COVID-19 preparedness and response efforts, visit

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