Composite lumber maker Trex Co. Inc. has selected Olive Branch for its third extrusion facility, which the company said will eventually be its largest plant.
The Winchester, Va.-based company announced the move Dec. 23, selecting a 100-acre parcel of land for the 250,000-square-foot project. Officials said the new facility will be built gradually, and will be dedicated to producing the firm's decking and railing products. Trex expects to begin production in 2005.
``The Olive Branch site offers many of the attributes we have been seeking - an ideal transportation center, an excellent local workforce, and favorable access to raw materials,'' Trex President Robert Matheny said in a news release. ``The new plant will supplement our existing operations in Winchester and Fernley, Nev., by helping us service markets in the South and Midwest.''
Officials had announced plans for the third site in October. In 2001, Trex nixed plans to expand to Knoxville, Tenn., because of higher-than-anticipated costs.