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Mattex Group expands in U.S.



Published July 2, 2013
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Mattex, a Saudi Arabian and Dubai carpet backings producer, will expand its operations in Georgia by building an extrusion manufacturing plant in Murray County. The company will invest $60 million and create 200 jobs over the next three years in its U.S.
headquarters and its first manufacturing facility outside the Middle East.

With commercial headquarters in Dubai, Mattex Group is a leading provider for polyolefin-based textiles, developing and producing primary and secondary carpet backings, artificial grass backings, and woven and nonwoven geotextiles. The company has four state-of-the-art production facilities in the Middle East and warehouse and representative offices in Australia/New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, the U.S. and Africa. The company currently has a warehouse in Calhoun under the brand Mattex USA.

"Our mission to be the ‘preferred global partner of choice’ led us to build a carpet backing facility in North Georgia as the next logical step for better servicing our current customer base," says Luc Blommaert, CEO of Mattex Group. “The period we’ve been o
perating out of our existing distribution center can be referred to as our engagement period. Now it’s time to get married, so we are
building a plant. This is the group’s fifth expansion. The choice of North Georgia was easy. The available business assets spoke for themselves, and after careful consideration we decided to build and grow in and with Murray County.”

The manufacturing plant is anticipated to be between 275,000 and 375,000 square feet. The company, which is building the facility in order to be closer to its North American markets, plans to start construction this summer and begin operations in 2014.

“This plant is a first step. We can truly say Mattex Group is coming to America," says Barclay Payne, general manager of Mattex USA. “This mile stone would never have happened without the support of our North American customer base. We are truly thankful for their support.”