Chattanooga-Based Propex is a Sustainable Success

Propex leads the way on innovative, eco-friendly geosynthetics.

Cindy Sanders
On Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 13:46

Big shoes, small footprint. 

From its headquarters in Chattanooga, Propex is a global force for creating innovative geosynthetics to improve infrastructure while embracing sustainable, eco-friendly materials that reduce the carbon footprint. 

Propex products have been installed in more than 80 countries to stabilize key infrastructure projects. Here at home, Propex solutions are found everywhere from roads crisscrossing the country and reconstructed levees in New Orleans to the backyard of Red Bank Elementary. 

“Innovation is central to our culture, and we are known as a global thought leader in developing new solutions for transportation, waterways, railways, airports, harbors and more,” says Propex President and CEO Mike Gorey. 

Recognized for erosion control solutions that promote vegetated soil reinforcement and allow natural habitats to flourish, Propex systems feature a carbon footprint 10 to 30 times less than hardscapes using concrete and rock. 

Propex also pioneered paving fabrics, introducing the industry’s first product more than 50 years ago that mitigates cracks and potholes. The newest iteration, which is recyclable, recently won a major award for innovation. 

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The company’s manufacturing, testing and distribution center in nearby Ringgold, GA, boasts the industry’s largest geosynthetic capacity under one roof. 

“Chattanooga has been home for Propex for more than 12 years and was home to Synthetic Industries for decades before the Propex merger,” Gorey notes. “Industry expertise resides in our region with Propex assembling the foremost experts in special applications of our products.” 

With more than 235 team members living in the Chattanooga area, Gorey says Propex is proud to support the area’s philanthropic and business climate.

In addition to being long-standing supporters of the Chattanooga Food Bank and United Way, the company also partners with Georgia Northwestern Technical College to offer development programs and training. 

Propex is equally committed to advancing innovation at a time when much of the nation’s infrastructure requires attention. 

As executive members of the Geosynthetic Materials Association, Gorey says Propex has the opportunity to help educate policymakers at a state and federal level on the ways geosynthetics can improve communities by building better, faster, cheaper and cleaner. 

  • Propex products have been installed in more than 80 countries 

  • Propex employs 235 team members 

  • Propex systems feature a carbon footprint 10 to 30 times less than hardscapes using concrete and rock 

Learn more at Propex.