Polypropylene fiber maker Synthetic Industries Inc. said it will spend $35 million to increase the size of its largest building to 1 million square feet and its employment to 2,000 people. The 135,000-square-foot addition to the Chickamauga, Tenn., plant is scheduled to be completed by late 1996. It is the 12th expansion of a building that opened in 1969 and is located south of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Originally 51,000 square feet, the building was expanded to more than 800,000 square feet by 1994.
Privately held Synthetic has seven facilities, of which the facility in Chickamauga is the largest.
It also operates a warehouse and manufacturing facility in Dalton, Ga., one manufacturing plant each in Ringgold, Ga., and in Chattanooga, and three manufacturing sites in the Gainesville, Ga., area.
Synthetic Industries produces PP carpet backing for most major carpet manufacturers, as well as PP geotextile fabrics for erosion control and environmental protection.
Marketing manager Frank Hollowell said the majority of the expansion involves increased loom capacity.
Company officials would not reveal the amount of loom capacity increase.
Hollowell said 100 employees will be added to the 1,900 employed at the facility.
Synthetic Industries received ISO 9002 certification last year.