AGRU wins Austria’s economic award

Recognized for decades of excellence and a recent US$40 million investment in a new pipe production facility

Georgetown, South Carolina, March 6, 2018 — AGRU was selected out of 17 companies from Austria to be the winner for top economic performance in the United States, in the category of Investment.

The Foreign Trade Center in Los Angeles of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) honors outstanding achievements of Austrian companies in the highly competitive United States market. This marks the eighth year for the award, which is issued in six categories: Startup, Investment, Innovation, Market Footprint, Trendsetter, and Spectacular Business.

“Winning this award is a great honor for AGRU America, as we have been spearheading our company’s efforts here in the United States,” says Robert Johnson, CEO and president of AGRU America, Inc. “We are thrilled for the recognition and look forward to another successful year.”

The award comes on the heels of AGRU’s latest addition to its portfolio of North American production facilities, the XXL Pipe Production facility. The new facility has been the brainchild of Mag. Gruber Jr., son of AGRU founder Mr. Gruber Sr.

Continuing his father’s vision of AGRU America through ongoing investments and innovation, Mag. Gruber Jr. has actively sought new ways to deliver groundbreaking products to customers worldwide. The state-of-the-art $40 million facility is capable of extruding the largest high-density polyethylene pipes in the world. Measuring over 3,500 mm (138 inches), these pipes can be directly extruded onto the water and transported over the ocean for cost-effective logistics.

“I’ve known the Grubers ever since I joined the company in 1997 and I have been so grateful for their continued support for the growth of AGRU America,” says Mr. Johnson. “Our 30 years in the marketplace is reflected by our current standing as one of the top suppliers of geosynthetic materials in North America and across the world, a position for which we’re grateful, proud, and blessed.”

About AGRU America, Inc.

Since 1988, Georgetown, SC–based AGRU America, Inc. has been the world’s leading manufacturer of flat die extrusion geomembranes, geonets, geocomposites, geotextiles, geosynthetic clay liners, concrete protective liners and fittings. The company also supplies vertical barrier systems and large diameter piping systems for the U.S. and international civil/environmental markets. AGRU America’s state-of-the-art products include AGRU Smooth Liner® / MicroSpike® (structured textured products), Super Gripnet®, and Drain Liner® in both LLDPE and HDPE. AGRU America is part of the worldwide AGRU Group, an Austrian family-owned business since 1948 with production facilities in Austria, the U.S., Germany and China, and distribution in over 80 countries worldwide. The company’s website can be found at