Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the worlds largest carpet manufacturer with more than $4 billion in annual sales and approximately 22,300 employees worldwide. It is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia. Shaw Industries is not related to The Shaw Group, a publicly traded company in Baton Rouge, LA. Shaw Industries got its start in 1946 as Star Dye Company, a small business. Clarence Shaw, father of Robert and J.C. Shaw, bought a commission dye company in 1946. Star Dye Company produced bedspreads and scatter rugs. In 1958, Robert Shaw became CEO of the company, which was then jointly owned by the two brothers. With $300,000 in sales, the company expanded dramatically and soon started finishing carpet as Shaw Industries.