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Shaw Chief Executive Officer Recognized by Ernst & Young as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year
BATON ROUGE, La., Nov 20, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE:SGR) ("Shaw" or "the Company") today announced that its Chairman, President and CEO, J.M. Bernhard, Jr., was recognized as Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year at the 15th Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year(R)awards program held on Saturday, November 17, 2001 in Palm Springs, California.

Mr. Bernhard founded The Shaw Group Inc. in 1987. Today, the Company has over 13,000 employees and annual revenue of $1.5 billion. A native of Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Mr. Bernhard is deeply rooted in the community through his commitment to numerous civic and trade organizations.

J. M. Bernhard, Jr., Shaw's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "I was very humbled to be included in the list of nominations and consider it a great honor to have received the award for Manufacturing Entrepreneur of the Year. This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all of our employees; and it is this same commitment that will drive the success of our Company in the years ahead."

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who have created and sustained successful growing business ventures. Mr. Bernhard was selected as a winner from among 453 regional award recipients by an independent panel of judges. Mr. Bernhard was honored as a finalist in 1994 and as Entrepreneur of the Year in Louisiana in 1995.

The Shaw Group Inc. is the world's only vertically-integrated provider of complete piping systems and comprehensive engineering, procurement and construction services to the power generation industry. Shaw is the largest supplier of fabricated piping systems in the United States and a leading supplier worldwide, having installed piping systems in power plants with an aggregate generation capacity in excess of 200,000 megawatts. While the majority of Shaw's backlog is attributable to the power generation industry, the Company also does work in the process industries, including petrochemical, chemical and refining, and the environmental and infrastructure sector. The Company currently has offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific; and has more than 13,000 employees. For additional information on The Shaw Group, please visit the Company's web site at www.shawgrp.com.

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. The statements contained herein that are not historical facts (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," or other similar expressions) and statements related to revenues, earnings, backlog, or other financial information or results are forward-looking statements based on the Company's current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the Company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those anticipated by the Company. These forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions and are subject to change based upon various factors. Should one or more of such risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. A description of some of the risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements can be found in the Company's reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, reports and on the Company's web-site under the heading "Forward Looking Statement." These documents are also available from the Securities and Exchange Commission or from the Investor Relations department of Shaw. For more information on the company and announcements it makes from time to time on a regional basis visit our web site at www.shawgrp.com.

CONTACT:          The Shaw Group Inc., Baton Rouge
                  Christine Mollere, 225/932-2500
                  www.shawgrp.com
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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding SHAW GROUP INC's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.


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