Shaw Industries Ranks No. 8 Among Forbes’ America’s Best Employers 2015


Shaw Sports Turf is extremely proud to be a subsidiary of Shaw Industries.  Today, Shaw Industries was ranked #8 on Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers for 2015.  Below is a link to the full list and the text of the press release can be found below.

Dalton, GA – March 25, 2015 – Shaw Industries has been ranked No. 8 out of 500 companies named to Forbes’ list of America’s Best Employers 2015. The company is the highest rated manufacturing employer and the only ranked company within the floorcovering industry. [Read more…]


Lionel Messi in action, Holland v Argentina, 2014 World CupMessi

Below is the text of an article from the Washington Post by Steven Goff.  It appears soccer superstar Lionel Messi and the Argentine Natinal Team will train on Shaw Sports Turf next week at Georgetown University.

(WASHINGTON, DC) - When Georgetown agreed to open its soccer facility to Lionel Messi and the Argentine national team next week, Hoyas Coach Brian Wiese was wise enough to not ask his players who was available to help.

“I would have had every hand go up,” he said, laughing.

Instead, Wiese went to the team’s academic adviser to check class schedules. Depending on the day, he discovered, between seven and 13 players from the NCAA quarterfinal squad were free to assist the training sessions, whether as human cones, ball-fetchers or active participants. “Sparrings,” is what the Argentine federation requested, Wiese said.

Argentine players will arrive in Washington on Sunday and Monday following respective club matches throughout Europe and Latin America. In the buildup to next Saturday’s friendly against El Salvador at FedEx Field in Landover, La Albiceleste will train at Georgetown daily, starting Tuesday.

The squad is paying the university an undisclosed fee for four sessions next week and two in subsequent days after the game. The delegation will then head to New Jersey ahead of the March 31 friendly against Ecuador at MetLife Stadium.

To avoid crowd-control and security issues, the starting times of the Georgetown sessions are not being publicized. One could always book a room at Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, which overlooks Shaw Field.

It is unclear yet whether Argentina will conduct a public training session.

Typically this time of year, Georgetown teams go about spring practice without fanfare. This year is different.

“The best soccer player in the world steps on our field for a week,” Wiese said of Messi, “I think some of our guys might save the divots.”

If, of course, Messi created divots.

The Barcelona superstar is among a dozen arriving players from the Argentine squad that lost to Germany in the World Cup final last summer in Rio de Janeiro.

The roster also includes Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli), Carlos Tevez (Juventus), Angel Di Maria(Manchester United) and Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Next Friday will be the busiest day of soccer on campus: Georgetown, Los Angeles Galaxy and Argentina will train successively. The Galaxy will come to town for next Saturday’s MLS match against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Argentina-El Salvador game will kick off at 4 p.m., United-Galaxy at 7 o’clock.

This will mark the Galaxy’s second visit to Georgetown over six weeks: In early February, while in Washington for a White House event celebrating its 2014 MLS Cup, L.A. engaged the Hoyas in a scrimmage. Because of the winter weather, the match was played on the artificial turf at Multi-Sport Field, home of the football and lacrosse programs.

With spring’s arrival, Shaw Field’s grass is a little soft but getting firmer. With Argentina paying for access, Georgetown crews will tend to the field more closely than normal this time of year.

Georgetown is not the only local university to welcome visiting national teams and clubs over the years: American, George Mason, Maryland and Catholic have accommodated requests, as well. Two summers ago, Georgetown turned down Chelsea’s inquiry because the field was being prepped for the start of the NCAA season.

Not surprisingly, Wiese said his players are excited to serve Argentina’s needs.

“Yesterday we were watching Messi putting the ball between Manchester City’s legs,” Wiese said, “and next week he’ll be putting it between our legs.”

Among the Hoyas expected to participate is sophomore Joshua Yaro, who, had he turned pro this offseason, probably would have been the No. 1 overall pick in the MLS draft. Yaro has recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, and although he won’t play in the Hoyas’ scrimmage against the Philadelphia Union reserves this weekend, he has been cleared for workouts.

D.C. United has approached Yaro about playing for its under-23 squad this summer; he plans to be in town anyway with a full slate of classes in June and July. Whether he will have the time to join the U-23 group is not yet clear. Getting him in a black-and-red uniform for the summer would not grant United his MLS rights; he is not an academy player and wouldn’t fall under homegrown guidelines. If the Ghanaian defender signs with the league next winter, he would almost certainly enter the draft on a Generation Adidas contract.

While Georgetown prepares for Argentina’s visit, United officials are hoping the international game does not have a major impact on its showdown with the Galaxy.

“We have been excited about the chance of hosting the defending champion L.A. Galaxy since the schedule was announced,” United spokesman Craig Stouffer said. “We expect a great atmosphere and a great test for our team on the 28th.”

United executives have taken the high road on the conflicting events, declining to comment on the U.S. Soccer Federation’s decision to sanction the Argentina-El Salvador game on the same day seven miles from the MLS venue. Initially, promoters of the international match were eyeing the previous night, March 27.

Conceivably, a fan torn about which game to attend could take in the international match and then ride Metro four stops to RFK, arriving in time for kickoff. However, the Morgan Boulevard station is almost a mile from FedEx Field and vehicle traffic into and out of the Redskins’ lots is notoriously slow.

United could have looked into pushing its starting time to 7:30, but the time was set months ago and Comcast SportsNet committed to the broadcast window. (That window, however, does include a 30-minute postgame show.)

Ticket prices for Argentina vs. El Salvador range from $38 to $175. United charges $20 to $55. (None of those fees include service charges.)

TicketMaster shows no seats available in FedEx Field’s upper deck as well as several mid-level and lower sections.

United drew 11,549 for its home opener March 7, two days after a snowstorm.


Crumb Rubber


Shaw Industries, Inc. recently retained Dr. Laura C. Green, a noted toxicologist, to review claims in the media that synthetic turf athletic fields that utilize crumb-rubber as an infill material may pose a risk of cancer to those who use them, particularly children and adolescents.

Dr. Green holds a B.A. with honors from the Department of Chemistry at Wellesley College (1975) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981). She is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.). Dr. Green has performed original research, published, and consulted in the areas of chemical carcinogenesis, toxicology and pharmacology, food chemistry, analytical chemistry, risk assessment, and regulatory policy. She also served as Research Director of the Scientific Conflict Mapping Project at the Harvard University School of Public Health, during which time she co-authored the text, In Search of Safety: Chemicals and Cancer Risk. Dr. Green has also been retained by schools and municipalities to advise them on the health aspects of synthetic turf athletic and recreation facilities.

Dr. Green has reviewed the available literature and studies on the safety of synthetic turf conducted both in the United States and abroad. She also evaluated the epidemiological literature regarding cancer in children and adolescents. Utilizing this background, as well as generally accepted toxicological principles, Dr. Green examined the claims being made by a vocal and small minority in the media about the alleged risks of cancer associated with synthetic turf fields. Dr. Green also reviewed the limited information that those individuals and organizations have used to support their claims.

Dr. Green has focused on reports of a possible “cancer cluster” of young, female soccer players whose cancers were allegedly caused by an exposure to the crumb-rubber infill used on synthetic turf athletic fields. The following are some of the highlights of Dr. Green’s report:

  • There is no reliable evidence to indicate that the reported cases of cancer in soccer players constitute an actual cancer cluster, since no reports have been made regarding the ages, sexes, or races of the individuals, the particular diseases at issue, the number of cases expected in any given population, or the particular exposures of the group.
  • The types of cancers reported, lymphomas and leukemias, are among the most common types of cancer that develop in children and adolescents.
  • The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has investigated more than 100 cancer clusters, many of them involving children, and has never found an environmental cause. Instead, these clusters appear to arise due to chance.
  • The type of leukemia most prevalent in childhood (namely acute lymphocytic leukemia – ALL), all types of lymphomas, and brain tumors are not known to be caused by cigarette smoking. Since smoking does not cause these cancers, it is highly unlikely that the small exposures to chemicals from synthetic turf athletic fields could do so.
  • Lymphomas are not known to be caused by environmental exposures to chemicals.
  • The leukemia most prevalent in children (ALL) is not known to be caused by environmental exposures to chemicals.
  • No type of cancer in adolescents is known to be caused by exposure to chemicals.
  • Scientific studies have shown that the quality of outdoor air in contact with synthetic turf athletic fields is not materially different from outdoor air in general.

After reviewing the literature and the claims being made that synthetic turf can cause cancer in children and adolescents, Dr. Green comes to the same conclusion that many scientists before her have reached:

I find no reliable basis for the notion that crumb rubber in-filled synthetic turf fields pose a significant risk of cancer. Several groups of investigators, from academia, government, and consulting firms, have performed environmental monitoring and/or modeling studies of crumb rubber and synthetic turf fields, and have reached the same conclusion.

If you would like to obtain a copy of Dr. Green’s report, or if you have any further questions, please contact Phil Barlow at 706-625-7982.

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(TOPEKA, Kansas) – One of Kansas’s premier high school baseball programs will be playing on an all new Shaw Sports Turf infield this year.

Seaman High School, the winners of seven state championship titles  and 13 regional championships since 2000, recently made the switch to Shaw’s TruHop system and will begin work for the season next week.

“I’ve been here for 22 years,” said Steve Bushnell, Head Baseball Coach.  “That’s 22 years of dragging hoses, push mowing, fertilizing, and more.  All those hours were counterproductive, so making the move to Shaw Sports Turf was a no-brainer.  It allows us to focus and spend more time practicing baseball.” [Read more…]

Shaw Sports Turf’s Joe Kacevich Makes an Impact

One of the great things about working for Shaw Sports Turf is the opportunity to be around sports programs and make a positive impact on communities throughout the country.  Most, if not all, Shaw Sports Turf associates take it a step farther and continue to impact communities and sports programs through their own individual efforts.  New England Territory Manager Joe Kacevich is a great example of that.  The story below appeared in the Saturday, February 28 edition of the Community Advocate in Massachusetts.  The story was written by Sue Wambolt.

Central Mass. Club Lacrosse and Holy Cross women’s lacrosse work to help stock a local food pantry. (l to r) Holy Cross lacrosse player Sophia Agostinelli, Joe Kacevich, Stephanie Ridolfi and Holy Cross player Maddie Ward.

Central Mass. Club Lacrosse and Holy Cross women’s lacrosse work to help stock a local food pantry. (l to r) Holy Cross lacrosse player Sophia Agostinelli, Joe Kacevich, Stephanie Ridolfi and Holy Cross player Maddie Ward.

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North Brunswick

(NORTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey) - North Brunswick Township High School is set to begin practice for its boy’s and girl’s lacrosse teams next week on the school’s new Shaw Sports Turf fields.

The school, which installed two new fields in September, has realized the ability to hold more events, and do so on a world-class playing surface. [Read more…]



(EMERSON, Georgia) - Twenty college baseball teams trying to escape the winter weather will head south this weekend to play on the Shaw Sports Turf fields at the Perfect Game South complex at LakePoint Sporting Community.

College baseball starts early in the year and many teams lose valuable practice and game time due to the weather and due to the residual effects of weather such as snow melt. [Read more…]


Joe Maddon, Phil Barlow, Cal Ripken, Jr., Chuck McClurg, Dave Winfield, Matt Ross, and Todd Britton

Joe Maddon, Phil Barlow, Cal Ripken, Jr., Chuck McClurg, Dave Winfield, Matt Ross, and Todd Britton

(BALTIMORE, Maryland) - Shaw Sports Turf just celebrated the one-year anniversary of its partnership with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation by attending the foundation’s Aspire Gala in Baltimore.

This year’s event honored Dave Winfield, Joe Maddon, and Ambassador George Haley.  The event raised over $2.6 million in one evening.  Shaw Sports Turf was recognized as one of six Hall of Fame level sponsors of the event, along with Major League Baseball, Fields, Inc., The Pat & Jay Baker Foundation, Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, and The McNaughton Foundation.

Shaw was represented at the event by Phil Barlow, Chuck McClurg, Matt Ross, Ron Towle, and Todd Britton. [Read more…]



(EMERSON, Georgia) - The Georgia Highlands College baseball team is set to open the 2015 season on its home turf this Saturday.

The school, which doesn’t have its own field, will play its 2015 home games at LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson, Georgia.  The team will play twenty-nine home games on a synthetic turf field by Shaw Sports Turf.

“The advanced technology of Shaw Sports Turf allows us to play on a world-class field just 10 minutes down the road from campus,” Georgia Highlands Head Coach Mike Marra said.  “With this baseball facility, we will be able to confidently recruit top prospects and contend for championships in a first-rate environment.  For Charger fans, the LakePoint facility will provide a comfortable and convenient setting to enjoy the excitement of the game. This world class venue will also enable us to host top programs from all over the nation as well as NJCAA tournaments, bringing national prestige and recognition to our programs right here to Bartow County.”

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LA Galaxy Scrimmages at Georgetown, Coach Arena Compliments Shaw Sports Turf Field

Bruce Arena

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Bruce Arena, the outspoken coach of the LA Galaxy and five-time MLS Cup winning coach, is sparing when it comes to praise and open with his criticism.  Arena has been openly critical in the media of the synthetic turf surfaces at four MLS venues.

This week, the LA Galaxy team traveled to Washington to meet with President Obama on the heels of their MLS Cup victory.  They also took the time while they were in town to take on Georgetown University in a closed scrimmage, which the Galaxy won 2-1.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Arena was asked is the synthetic turf playing surface was better or worse than the FIFA 2-Star surface in Seattle.

“Better,” said Arena.  “I don’t know why because the climate is more extreme here in D.C. with the heat and cold, snow.  I was impressed with Georgetown given it was below freezing; it could’ve been slippery, and it never was.”

Georgetown’s playing surface is a product of Shaw Sports Turf, an American-owned manufacturer based in Calhoun, Georgia.  The Shaw Sports Turf Momentum system mirrors the same look and feel as natural grass and is known for its durability and overall performance. With a 2.5-inch pile height and a two-inch infill that is a 50-50 mix of sand and rubber, the Momentum 51 system offers the best combination of firmness, speed and safety.  The same system is used on the practice and game fields of the Baltimore Ravens.

Amazingly, the field at Georgetown might be subjected to more play than any other synthetic turf field in the country.

“This field is in use from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. almost every day,” said Brian McGuire, Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities and Operations at Georgetown.  “We chose Shaw Sports Turf because we recognized the quality of the company and the products they provide.”

The field is used as a game and practice field by the football team, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse.  It also sees use from the men’s and women’s soccer team and from a variety of club sports teams and intramural sports such as softball, ultimate, and flag football.

“This field’s what we live on,” said Brian Wiese, head coach of the men’s soccer team.  “It handles all the traffic.  It handles all the usage brilliantly.  Most importantly, it drains really, really efficiently and it’s always available.”