Propex Marks 50th Anniversary of Polybac

Hazlehurst, GA, Aug. 11, 2014 -- Propex recently celebrated a significant milestone for the carpet industry at its Hazlehurst manufacturing facility.

Fifty years ago, Polybac, the industry’s first synthetic primary backing, was introduced.

With Polybac, carpet manufacturers realized several new advantages including dimensional stability, durability, moisture non-absorption, mildew resistance, and tufting pattern definition as opposed to conventional jute backing.
“We have developed many innovative synthetic backing products through the years and Polybac was the first,” said David L. Gartshore BU president, Furnishing Solutions.

“With billions of square yards sold, Polybac was instrumental in the success and rapid growth of the carpet industry and it is still the dominant primary backing in the world today.”
“From Polybac came a whole new approach to backing carpet that spawned an entire industry of synthetic carpet backing systems,” said Tom Borders, business director, Domestic Furnishing Solutions.
Propex Furnishing Solutions Division is based in Dalton, Georgia and is part of Propex Operating Company, LLC headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.