Tuesday, June 20, 2017 12:47 AM


AstroTurf Corp., the Dalton, Ga., maker of athletic playing surfaces, is merging all its manufacturing under one roof as it moves to meet rising demand for its products. The company, bought last year by Germany-based SportGroup Holdings after AstroTurf LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, has seen sales jump by 40 percent so far in 2017 and it's undertaking a multimillion- dollar investment in equipment, officials said. AstroTurf Chief Executive Heard Smith said all the operations to produce synthetic turf are shifting to one 400,000-square-foot building on Callahan Road in Dalton. "We're going to significantly reduce transportation costs and waste while improving the quality and efficiency of our manufacturing processes," he said in a statement. Fast fact The consolidated AstroTurf production facility is equal in size to about seven football fields, according to the company. AstroTurf Marketing Director Sydney Stahlbaum said the company is shifting from three separate locations to the one building it's leasing to house manufacturing. The company's headquarters will remain on Abutment Road, but operations management, human resources, information technology and research and development will have offices in the new facility. "With this type of investment, we have a long-term intention to be there," Stahlbaum said. "We ...

News source: Times Free Press

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