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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:03 am | Updated: 2:14 am, Sat Oct 18, 2014.

A carpet plant coming to Eton will create 200 new jobs over the next three years.

Mattex, a Dubai and Saudi Arabian carpet backings producer, plans to start construction on the extrusion plant this summer and begin operations in 2014. The plant is anticipated to be between 275,000 and 375,000 square feet and will involve $60 million in new investment. The Murray County site will be the company’s U.S. headquarters.

Mattex Group provides polyolefin-based textiles, developing and producing primary and secondary carpet backings, artificial grass backings and woven and nonwoven geotextiles. The company has four production facilities in the Middle East. This will be its first manufacturing plant outside the Middle East.

The company currently has a warehouse in Calhoun under the brand Mattex USA.

“This plant is a first step. We can truly say Mattex Group is coming to America,” said Barclay Payne, general manager of Mattex USA.

Mattex Group CEO Luc Blommaert said building a manufacturing facility in North Georgia is “the next logical step” for the company.

“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,” he said. “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 Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) partnered with Murray County and the Murray County Industrial Development Authority to help bring the facility to Eton.

“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.”

Murray Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman said the plant “will be a tremendous boost for our local economy. We have focused a lot of time and effort on job creation in Murray County, I feel this is going to be the first step and the driving force to moving our community forward.

“This will potentially allow for a substantial drop in our unemployment rate, which is currently at 11.7 percent, by getting people back to work within our community. Murray County has been hit tremendously hard during the recent economic downturn but this announcement solidifies that we are going to persevere to be recognized as a competitive and business friendly community.”

The plant is one of several new or expanded facilities planned by the floorcovering industry in Northwest Georgia. Last week, Engineered Floors outlined plans for a new factory in Whitfield County. Company officials said they plan to add some 2,000 jobs over the next five years.

“Mattex’s expansion speaks to the continued revitalization of the floorcovering industry in Northwest Georgia,” said Gov. Nathan 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.”