A United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabian carpet-backing producer is to build its first manufacturing facility outside the Middle East in Murray County.

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that the Mattex Group, headquartered in Dubai, UAE, would invest $60 million in its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility creating 200 jobs over the next three years.

“Mattex’s expansion speaks to the continued revitalizaton of the floor covering industry in northwest Georgia,” said the governor in a May 8 news release.

“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  the Mattex Group.

“The period we’ve been operating out of our existing distribution center can be referred to as our engagement period. Now its time to get married, so we are building a plant.”

According to the release, construction is to start this summer on the plant that is expected to between 275,000 and 375,000 square feet.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development partnered with Murray County and Murray County Industrial Development Authority to manage the expansion of the company’s current facility in Calhoun.

Mattex Group manufactures polyolefin-based textiles, develops primary and secondary carpet backing, artificial grass backings and woven and nonwoven geotextiles.

The company has four production facilities in the Middle East and warehouse and representative office in Australia/New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Africa.

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