U.S. Plastic Lumber Corp. will add another building to its Chicago campus in the next six months.
The Boca Raton, Fla.-based extruder will add 150,000 square feet in the project, which will be used for manufacturing and warehousing.
Four existing buildings currently occupy 380,000 square feet, said Scott Plantinga, USPL's Chicago plant manager. The company will add two lines and 30 employees - now the complex has about 40 lines and 300 employees.
``We'll probably add more in the way of molding capacity, focusing on structural lumber and site furnishings and amenities,'' Plantinga said Aug. 28 by telephone. ``We've seen a large migration of customers who want to get out of lumber.''
USPL extrudes deck and railing from recycled high density polyethylene, and also makes composite profiles.
Meantime, USPL's plant in Ocala, Fla., remains closed after an Aug. 18 explosion that killed one worker and injured another.
Ocala Fire Rescue and the City of Ocala Building Department found 14 violations in an inspection following the incident. Those violations include blocked exits, flooding within the building due to a chiller machine back flowing and unsecured compressed acetylene and oxygen gas cylinders. Inspectors also found the fire sprinkler system did not comply with the fire code.
``There were no violations associated with the accident,'' USPL President Mark Alsentzer said in an Aug. 29 telephone interview. ``We are working in full cooperation with the fire company to determine the cause of the incident and make the necessary upgrades to meet whatever the most recent codes are so we can get the plant back in operation.''