The Union Recorder

September 13, 2012

Shaw Industries plant transforming to aid entrepreneurs

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder


The City of Milledgeville is transforming the former Shaw Industries Group Inc. facility into a business incubator to help entrepreneurs get a leg up on their start-up businesses by providing a space to create, develop and thrive with the aid of readily available resources. 

Shaw Industries donated the 93,000 square-foot warehouse to the city, after which City Council members voted on the resolution during the Aug. 28 meeting. Mayor Richard Bentley officially signed the deed following the meeting.

The space will provide a comfortable area for 20 to 25 entrepreneurs to start up their business models once the facility opens up in two to three months time. 

City Planner Mike Couch said the empty building has been left in good condition and is currently undergoing a deconstruction process.

As the Central State Hospital Redevelopment Authority moves its restoration efforts forward to convert the campus as a center for rural health care delivery and education, the business incubator will be another link to the southside of Milledgeville’s growth.

Shaw Industries closed its Milledgeville plant in February 2009 due to the recessionary economic conditions which led to lower consumer demand for its products, affecting around 150 employees. The company is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and leading floor covering provider.

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