Resilient flooring maker IVC Group said it will build a new, $70 million IVC US Inc. headquarters in Dalton, Ga., including manufacturing and distribution facilities. The 520,000 sq. ft. facility, which will include both manufacturing and distribution facilities, will more than double the size of the present IVC US location in Dalton. The new plant will be on a 44-acre campus off I-75 exit 328 along connector 3.

“This is a key strategic decision for us,” said Filip Balcaen, chairman, IVC Group “It is a clear signal of our long term commitment to the U.S. market and our desire for continued industry leadership.”

Once in operation IVC US will be adding over 100 employees, bringing total local employment to over one hundred and fifty, according to the company.

Jan Vergote, CEO IVC Group, noted, “The current success of our IVC product and service model in the United States is a solid basis for future growth which warrants the $70 million capital investment. This investment will further propel IVC US to a leading position in the domestic sheet vinyl industry.”

IVC US CEO, Xavier Steyaert, commented, “Our new state of the art manufacturing plant will feature the industry’s latest technological advances and will run the longest vinyl line in the world. First products are expected to roll out of the new plant in January 2011, and will mark the beginning for IVC products - made in the USA.”

Stefaan Debusschere, vp marketing and sales, said the expansion will  “offer tremendous advantages for our network of distributors and retailers across North America. This investment will give our customers the availability of special request designs, shorter time to market and larger selection of products, widths, and finishes.”

IVC US, Inc. operates its current headquarters and distribution center in Dalton, Ga, and a West coast distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., providing its network of distributors and retailers a wide range of cushioned back sheet vinyl products manufactured in Belgium and Luxembourg.