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      Nashville jobs lost in consolidation

      On Tuesday, Mike Gorey, President and CEO of Propex Operating Company, LLC, announced plans to consolidate most of the woven geotextiles produced in their Nashville, Georgia plant to the Hazlehurst, Georgia production facility over the next six months. This move is in response to Propex TMs North American excess capacity, which is a direct result of Federal defense cuts, stimulus elimination and the industry TMs shift to non-woven products.

      Over the past few months, Propex has reduced staffing of their Nashville facility to better align the capacity and demand for the products being produced there. While this activity had a positive impact on the unit cost, continued soft demand eroded the gains realized by that temporary action, said Gorey. The economic indicators tell us that it is prudent to consolidate our manufacturing operations into one location at this time as our current global footprint provides more than enough capacity to service the stabilization and woven GEO marketplace. Our strategic business model shifts our focus to be the world wide solutions provider in growing markets, and therefore the Nashville facility will be closed.

      This decision is not a reflection on the work force in Nashville. It is instead the reflection of an aggressive marketplace driving pricing pressure from domestic and imported competitors, Gorey continued.

      In addition to these changes, Propex announced on June 3rd they will be investing in an expansion of their Hazelhurst facility to produce their innovative new product Isis for the modular carpet tile market. Answering the demand for a sustainable polyester solution in woven carpet backing is a new and exciting part of the Propex future and demonstrates their ability to recognize opportunity and position themselves to successfully capture it. This consolidation is expected to result in a net increase in employment in Georgia once the new Isis polyester production capacity comes on line in Hazlehurst later this year.

      Every day, billions of people depend on Propex to stabilize a shifting world and protect the modern way of life. Our highly innovative portfolio of engineered products help build and rebuild key infrastructure worldwide.

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