Poly-Wood Inc. plans to expand its four-building complex and will double the production capacity of its lumber division in 2012.
The division makes trademarked plastic lumber from recycled high density polyethylene with ultraviolet-light-inhibited pigment systems. The product is used for outdoor furnishings and accessories, and in farming, marine, golf, landscaping, industrial and general construction applications.
“At this point we can't quantify exactly what we're doing, but it is all based on demand. We are working with our clients to guarantee their lead times,” said Tim Pletcher, lumber division sales manager, in a Dec. 7 telephone interview.
The company has acquired land adjacent to existing Poly-Wood facilities in Syracuse, Ind., and is drawing up plans to double the division's capacity. The expansion will include additional extrusion equipment and employees, but Pletcher said details are still being finalized.
The division is seeing growth, and wants to explore other segments and opportunities for the products.
The building will be constructed with a fine eye toward sustainability, according to Pletcher. It will include a closed-loop cooling system that eliminates the need for continuous fresh water in the process.
The company also has a production system that will reuse plastic scrap.
The company mostly uses post-consumer HDPE.
Pletcher said the company has made plastic lumber for more than 20 years, but has developed a premium product that is smoother to the touch and has a slight woodgrain look.
Poly-Wood was formed in 1990 and its facilities total more than 200,000 square feet of space. Its lumber division is a small part of the operation.