Brentwood Industries Inc. said it will move its Fort Myers, Fla., operation to consolidate recycled PVC sheet production at Lebanon, Pa. Brentwood now has a recycled PVC sheet plant in Lebanon but it will spend about $3 million to buy and renovate a different facility there. It will relocate the Lebanon operation and move Fort Myers' PVC sheet machinery into the renovated building, according to Rob Ulrich, the firm's division manager for cooling tower and waste water products.
Brentwood's plants in Martinsburg, W.Va., and Hope, Ark., thermoform PVC sheet into trickling filter media, tube settlers and other industrial heat-transfer products. Brentwood also did some of the thermoforming in Fort Myers, but it recently moved most of that production to Hope, Ulrich said in a telephone interview from Brentwood's head office in Reading, Pa.
Lebanon is close to most of Brentwood's suppliers of recycled PVC and the consolidation should help reduce overhead costs. Lebanon will supply recycled PVC sheet to the Hope and Martinsburg plants. Brentwood also will continue to buy virgin PVC sheet from outside suppliers for some applications.
Ulrich did not give capacity details for the various operations and he would not disclose annual sales for the privately held company.
The Bethel Industrial Development Authority approved a bond issue worth more than $3 million to help Brentwood purchase and renovate the Lebanon facility, according to Bob McNary, president of the Lebanon Valley Economic Development Corp.
Brentwood also has a custom thermoforming division at Reading. The division makes parts for trucks and mass-transit vehicles, medical instrument trays and other products.