Business

May 8, 2013

Deal: Mattex to create 200 jobs in Murray County

Dubai carpet backings producer to invest $60 million in U.S. headquarters operation

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that Mattex, a Dubai and Saudi Arabian 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.

“Mattex’s expansion speaks to the continued revitalization of the floorcovering industry in Northwest Georgia,” said Deal. “Georgia’s rich history in the industry, skilled talent and workforce training foster the ideal business environment for companies in this industry to succeed.”

Headquartered 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 United States 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 state-of-the-art carpet-backing facility in North Georgia as the next logical step for better servicing our current customer base,” said Luc Blommaert, CEO of Mattex Group. “The period we’ve been operating 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!” said Barclay Payne, general manager of Mattex USA. “This milestone would never have happened without the support of our North American customer base. We are truly thankful for their support.”

The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with Murray County and the Murray County Industrial Development Authority to manage this expansion. Carl Campbell, regional project manager at GDEcD, led the project on behalf of the state. Georgia Quick Start, the nation's top-ranked workforce training program, will provide assistance to the company.

“We are pleased that Mattex has chosen to invest in Murray County as an attractive and competitive place for business. Job creation is the key economic engine that is going to take our local economy to the next level,” said Brittany Pittman, sole commissioner of Murray County. “The company’s location was made possible by the collaborative efforts of everyone involved, especially the Murray County Industrial Authority, our local leadership and our continued partnership with GDEcD.”

“Here’s a company that understands the importance of being close to its customers,” said Chris Cummiskey, commissioner of GDEcD. “It’s no more than a two-day truck drive to 80 percent of the country from Georgia, which gives international companies such as Mattex a competitive advantage when they locate in this state.”

 

1
Text Only
Business
  • New Dalton lab could create 15 to 20 jobs

    A new laboratory opening in Dalton on Tuesday is expected to create 15 to 20 jobs over the next couple of years for chemical engineers, chemists and lab technicians, according to company officials.

    April 11, 2014

  • Next year’s high-skilled visas snapped up in days

    Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday.

    April 8, 2014

  • Study looking at ways to bring more manufacturing to area

    Technology is changing every part of the economy, including manufacturing. Advanced machinery and manufacturing processes require workers with new and advanced skills.

    April 2, 2014

  • Werner Braun: Saying goodbye to CRI

    It’s time to say farewell.
    For the past 14 years, I have had the honor of serving as the president of the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), and what an honor it’s been.

    March 27, 2014

  • Carpet Capital Association of Realtors

     Uh-oh! Another prospective buyer upset with me again! Our phone conversation didn’t go very well. He didn’t like the questions I asked, or the advice I offered. Wait, the phone’s ringing ...

    March 21, 2014

  • Werner Braun: Relay for Life honors cancer survivors

    It’s the rare few among us who haven’t been touched by the lives of friends or family members who have been given a diagnosis of cancer. I know I have.

    March 20, 2014

  • Werner Braun at DGCC 3 mlh.jpg Friends, industry leaders saying goodbye to Braun

    When Werner Braun’s family immigrated from Germany, they came with all of their belongings in three suitcases and none of them spoke any English.

    March 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Yarbrough named CRI president

    After a “rough half decade,” the carpet industry has begun to bounce back, and Joe Yarbrough said he looks forward to helping it grow.

    March 13, 2014 1 Story

  • Werner Braun: Sustainability from a facility manager’s perspective

    Sustainability means different things to different people, but from the facility manager’s perspective, sustainability can be viewed somewhat like a three-legged stool: a stool that balances specifications, installation and maintenance.

    March 13, 2014

  • Area jobless rate up slightly

    Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in January, from 9.4 percent in December 2013, according to the Georgia Department of Labor. The rate was 11.9 percent in January 2013.

    March 13, 2014

AP Video