Specialty cements maker Ardex has announced plans for a new manufacturing facility in the Dallas-Forth Worth area. Construction of the new plant, which will be based in Mansfield, Texas, is set to begin this spring. Company officials note that the plant should be up and running by the first quarter of 2009, and will encompass approximately 35,000 sq. ft.

According to Steven Manning, president and CEO of Ardex Americas, the new plant signals continued demand for the company’s products in the Western and Southwestern markets. “The construction of a new plant in Texas is a direct result of customer-driven demand and signifies growth for Ardex,” he said.

He added that the new manufacturing site will allow “a seamless flow of product and services.”

“Our growth is about [our customers’] business,” he noted. “It is that support that allows us continued growth and success.”

The construction project will bring approximately 30 new jobs to the Mansfield-Arlington area, according to the company. The new plant will be the company’s fifth plant in the U.S. and the second location in Texas. Along with its headquarters in Aliquippa, Pa., Ardex also operates plants in Bourbonnais, Ill.; Dallas, Ga.; and Arlington, Texas.