ALIQUIPPA, PA -- Ardex Americas will hold official groundbreaking ceremonies at 1 p.m. on April 3, 2012 to mark construction of a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and technical training center in Stockton, CA. The 7.5-acre development at 2612 Station Drive is expected to bring a dozen jobs and potentially thousands of visitors to Stockton every year. The Stockton plant is part of a multi-million dollar strategic project that focuses on a $25 million, five-year investment strategy for the Tile and Stone Installation Products segment.

"We are aggressively going after the tile and stone installation segment," said Stephan M. Liozu, Ardex Americas President and CEO. "Ardex is the global leader in tile and stone installation products and, because of the Stockton facility, will now be a significant player in the U.S. premium market."

The expansion reaches beyond Stockton with facility upgrades planned for the Aliquippa, PA, and Dallas, GA, plants. These developments mark the largest expansion by Ardex Americas since moving its corporate offices, training center and plant from Coraopolis, PA, to Aliquippa in 2000. In February, Ardex began construction on a dedicated marketing building at its corporate headquarters in Aliquippa, PA, just outside of Pittsburgh. The marketing building will be completed by early-summer 2012 and the Stockton plant will open in the spring of 2013.

According to Ardex Americas Vice President and General Manager Jesse David, innovative business strategies amidst tenuous economic times historically have proven beneficial to the company. "Despite challenging economic times, Ardex Americas has consistently grown and diversified its product offerings," he said. "We are very fortunate to be in a situation where we are growing our workforce, and adding jobs to the economy as well."

ARDEX Americas is one of 33 business units that are part of the privately held Ardex Group, based in Witten, Germany, with more than 1,800 employees worldwide.