TenCate, America’s leading manufacturer of fibers for synthetic turf, celebrates 50 years in Dayton. The facility is their American headquarters where employees produce over 30% of the nation’s synthetic sport’s fields.
What was once a Chevron facility, Polyloom Corporation of Tennessee purchased it in 1982. They currently employ over 225 people and generate approximately $80 million in annual revenue.
TenCate also has one of the highest employee retention rates in the industry with some Rhea County employees dedicating up to 30-40 years of service.
TenCate VP Matt Stubblefield says his company has not only embraced the surge in demand for artificial turf but has led the industry in production and technical advancements.
“TenCate has done very good here in investing over $40 million in the past 15 years and nearly $4 million in the past year alone,” states Stubblefield.
A good portion of that investment went towards their two new looms which are the only ones in the U.S. Using their proprietary process the looms weave the fibers while traditional methods used a tufted process.
TenCate’s new process allows fibers to stand straight up which allows balls to roll evenly in any direction.
The quality of the turf produced by TenCate in Dayton is literally taking the industry by storm.
After one look at the quality of Cleveland High School’s new football field, the field guys for the New England Patriots were sold. They chose TenCate’s turf for the Patriots’ new indoor practice facility.
“This is the beginning of a growth period for us,” says Stubblefield. “So it’s a great time.”
More plans to grow and expand capabilities are likely on the horizon for TenCate as they continue their effort to compete in a globalized market through technology innovation and patented products and processes.
Approximately 31 million pounds of yarn are produced in Dayton every year. The company is committed to keeping their products made in America and right here in Tennessee.