October 01, 2005 12:42 ET

Shaw Employs Louisiana Subcontractors and Small Businesses for Ongoing Rebuilding Efforts

BATON ROUGE, La.--(CCNMatthews - Oct 1, 2005) -

The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) today announced that over 80% of its subcontractors currently working in Louisiana on hurricane recovery and rebuilding efforts are Louisiana-based businesses. In addition, approximately 62% of its subcontractors are small businesses as classified under the U.S. Department of Labor regulations and nearly 30% of the small businesses are African-American, women-owned, or other "disadvantaged" enterprises. Shaw is focused on employing Louisiana-based businesses, minority-owned businesses, and small businesses. Shaw has been a leader in hurricane recovery and rebuilding activities in Louisiana as a prime contractor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove the floodwaters in the City of New Orleans and provide temporary roofing and housing throughout Louisiana.

J.M. Bernhard, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Shaw, said, "Shaw remains committed to the rapid recovery and rebuilding of Louisiana in the aftermath of the recent hurricanes. As part of our vision of a strong and thriving Louisiana, we understand that everyone in the State must promote and support Louisiana-based companies and small businesses. Our focus is to employ Louisiana contractors and small and minority-owned enterprises, and we are particularly committed to working with those companies and individuals who have been personally impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We will continue to seek out innovative ways to not only rebuild our infrastructure but to assist those most affected by this storm in rebuilding their lives."

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation, and facilities management services for government and private sector clients in the energy, chemical, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with over $3 billion in annual revenues, Shaw employs approximately 20,000 people at its offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The Company was recently named to Fortune magazine's annual list of "America's Most Admired Companies" for the second consecutive year. For further information, please visit Shaw's website at

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    Chris D. Sammons, 225-932-2500