When it opens next summer, the Mattex Group plant in Murray County will employ some 160. But company officials say that number could increase in future years if demand grows.
“We have the room to double the amount of equipment,” said Mattex Group CEO Luc Blommaert.
Officials broke ground on the $60 million, 365,000-square-foot plant just outside Eton on Thursday afternoon.
“This is a tremendous boost for our local economy. It will get people back to work. It will give everyone a boost of confidence, and it shows that Murray County will continue to grow and persevere,” said Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman.
Mattex Group is a Dubai-based company that makes polyolefin-based textiles as well as carpet and artificial grass backings and woven and nonwoven geotextiles. The company has a warehouse in Calhoun under the name Mattex USA. The Murray County plant will be its first manufacturing facility outside the Middle East. The Murray County site will also be the company’s U.S. headquarters.
“This is our first manufacturing facility outside the Middle East, but it won’t be our last,” Blommaert said.
Dinah Rowe, president and CEO of the Chatsworth-Eton-Murray County Chamber of Commerce, said the jobs the plant will bring are welcome following years of job loss.
“But I think just as important is that it will give people confidence that we can grow and attract companies and jobs,” she said. “People want the opportunity to work, to support themselves and their families.”