BROOKSVILLE, Fla.— In partnership with the Hernando County Office of Economic Development and Tampa-based Wagner Construction, Barrette Outdoor Living broke ground at a site located along the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) Rail Park. The event kicked off the construction of a 175,000 square foot PVC manufacturing plant that will be dedicated to the company’s vinyl fencing and railing production.
The new Brooksville plant is designed to handle PVC compounding, in addition to vinyl extrusion, fabrication and product assembly. The plant will also feature a PVC recycling center — part of Barrette Outdoor Living’s GreenWays Recycling Program. The program works with customers to collect recyclable PVC materials that are then processed and used as substrate in the company’s vinyl products. Once operational, the company projects its Brooksville recycling center will process and reuse up to 40 million pounds of vinyl/PVC scrap material annually.
Expected to be completed by early 2023, the new plant will bring upwards of 170 new jobs to Hernando County and will complement the company’s existing 300,000 square foot aluminum manufacturing and warehouse facilities located nearby.
“We are thankful for the commitment Barrette Outdoor Living is making in our county and appreciate their recognition of the talented workforce we have in our local communities,” said Valerie Pianta, Economic Development Director for the Hernando County Office of Economic Development.
To further align with the company’s sustainability initiatives, the plant has direct access to a CSX rail line — ensuring efficient delivery of raw materials from vendors and/or 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.
“Being able to say our vinyl products are made in the USA using recycled material and eco-friendly manufacturing processes are great sources of pride for our company,” said Jean desAutels, CEO of Barrette Outdoor Living.
In addition, energy efficient lighting and machinery will be installed throughout the plant, including a closed-loop process water system and centralized water-cooled chiller system. The possibility of installing a rooftop solar array is also being explored for 2024.
The new plant will also benefit company customers by providing significant increased capacity of vinyl products in addition to cutting shipping times and costs to better meet regional needs. “This expansion allows us to better service our customers — not only in terms of capacity, but also in terms of proximity,” said desAutels.