Barrette Outdoor Living Inc. announced today plans to open a 175,000-square-foot PVC manufacturing plant dedicated to vinyl fencing and railing production in Brooksville, FL.
Located along the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport Rail Park, the plant will handle PVC compounding in addition to vinyl extrusion, fabrication, and product assembly. The new Brooksville plant will provide significant increased capacity of vinyl products.
Barrette manufactures exterior home products, including vinyl, aluminum, steel, and composite fencing and railing and composite decking for the residential market from 14 locations across North America.
Expected to be completed by early 2023, the plant will bring 150 to 175 new jobs to Hernando County and will complement the company’s existing 300,000-square-foot aluminum manufacturing and warehouse facilities located nearby.
In alignment with the company’s sustainability efforts, the new plant will have direct access to a rail line, ensuring efficient delivery of raw materials from vendors and other Barrette Outdoor Living locations. The direct-to-plant rail delivery eliminates the need for additional transportation methods, helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Barrette added that it also aims to offer consumers more environmentally responsible choices by increasing the amount of products it makes using recycled materials and eco-friendly manufacturing processes.
The plans for the new Brooksville location come on the heels of two major industry acquisitions in October — National Vinyl Products based in Nephi, UT, and Dover, DE; and Madden Manufacturing based in Lake Ozark, MO.
“Everything we are doing is to better service our customers, not only in terms of capacity, but also in terms of proximity,” said David Etzkin, National Sales Manager, in a prepared statement. “The recent acquisitions and new plant location enable us to get closer to our customers, cutting not only shipping times and costs, but also giving us the ability to expand our product offerings to better meet regional needs.”