ATLANTA (Oct. 21, 1:25 p.m. ET) — Tensar International Corp. is expanding a plant in Morrow, Ga., that makes polymer-based geogrids.
The expansion will increase production in Morrow by 30 percent when it's completed in 2012, officials with Atlanta-based Tensar said in an Oct. 20 news release. The company's TriAx-brand geogrids consist of plastic sheet that's punched and drawn before being used as a support layer in road construction.
Officials said that using Tensar geogrids over soft soil can save customers up to 50 percent in construction costs by requiring less aggregate. The geogrids also can simplify construction and enhance reliability on trafficked surfaces, they added.
“Since launching TriAx [geogrids] in the Americas in 2009, we have seen a tremendous response from our customers who have embraced the new technology...as well as experiencing overall growth in our sales of road stabilization geogrids,” Tensar CEO Don Meltzer said in the release.
After the Morrow expansion, Tensar will focus on a similar expansion for its plant in Wuhan, China. That expansion is expected to be completed in 2012. The firm also operates a similar plant in the United Kingdom.
Tensar offers a line of specialty products and engineering services that claim to offer cost-effective alternatives to traditional construction methods. The firm was founded in 1952 and is now owned by Arcapita Inc., an Atlanta-based holding company.