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Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 3:22pm

500 New Jobs Coming To Adairsville

State officials have announced that a carpet manufacturing company is planning to add 500 new jobs in northwest Georgia.

Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday that Shaw Industries Group. Inc. is expecting to invest $85 million to build a carpet tile facility in Adairsville — which is about 20 miles northeast of Rome.

Adairsville was struck by an EF3 tornado in late January. State insurance officials said the twister caused an estimated $75 million in damage and decimated a steel manufacturing facility.

Deal says construction on the facility is expected to begin in 2014, and the plant will sit on a more than 117-acre plot of land.

State officials say Shaw Industries Group is Bartow County's largest employer and currently operates six facilities there.