Benefits of the project include less waste in landfills and cleaner emissions

Shaw Industries and Siemens Building Technologies recently developed a process for converting carpet and wood manufacturing waste into steam energy, which will lower plant emissions, reduce the amount of post-manufacturing carpet waste in landfills, and save Shaw’s Dalton, Ga., carpet manufacturing plant as much as $2.5 million annually.

Siemens will design, build, and service a conversion facility adjacent to Shaw’s Dalton, Ga., plant that is expected to be in operation by the end of 2005. The facility will convert by-products of Shaw’s manufacturing process, like carpet selvage, seam waste, and wood flour, into gas that will fuel a boiler to produce more than 50,000 lbs of steam per hour.