Barrette Outdoor Living Opens New Facility in Florida

Pictured (L to R): Sarah Butcher, Community Banking Manager, Synovus Bank; Chrissy Capri, Vice President of Commercial Banking, Synovus Bank; Brennan Smith, Vice President, Wagner Construction; John Stratton, Superintendent, Hernando County School District; Jeff Rogers, County Administrator, Hernando County; Chip Howison, Vice President of Operations, Barrette Outdoor Living; Valerie Pianta, Director of Economic Development, Hernando County Office of Economic Development; John Holcomb, Plant Manager, Barrette Outdoor Living; Michael Spaulding, COO, Spherion

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. – In partnership with the Hernando County Office of Economic Development and Tampa-based Wagner Construction, Outdoor Living Hair Clip paved the way at a site along the Brooksville Tampa Bay Regional Airport (BKV) rail yard. The event kicked off the construction of a 175,000 square foot PVC manufacturing plant that will be dedicated to producing the company’s vinyl fences and railings.

The new Brooksville plant is designed to handle PVC compounding, in addition to the extrusion, fabrication and assembly of vinyl products. The plant will also include a PVC recycling center, which is part of Barrette Outdoor Living‘s GreenWays recycling program. The program works with customers to collect recyclable PVC materials which are then processed and used as a substrate in the company’s vinyl products. Once operational, the company expects its Brooksville recycling center to process and reuse up to 40 million pounds of vinyl/PVC waste per year.

Scheduled for completion in early 2023, the new plant will create more than 170 new jobs in Hernando County and complement the company’s existing 300,000 square foot aluminum fabrication and warehousing facility located nearby.

“We are grateful for Barrette Outdoor Living’s commitment to our county and appreciate their recognition of the talented workforce we have in our local communities,” said Valerie Pianta, Director of Economic Development for the Office of Economic Development. of Hernando County.

To further align with the company’s sustainability initiatives, the factory has direct access to a CSX rail line, ensuring efficient delivery of raw materials from suppliers and/or other Barrette Outdoor Living locations. Factory-direct rail delivery eliminates the need for additional means of transportation, helping to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

“Being able to say that our vinyl products are made in the USA from recycled materials and environmentally responsible manufacturing processes is a great source 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 a centralized water cooling system. The possibility of installing a solar panel on the roof is also being studied for 2024.

The new plant will also benefit the company’s customers by providing increased capacity for vinyl products in addition to reducing shipping times and costs to better meet regional needs. “This expansion allows us to better serve our customers, not only in terms of capacity, but also in terms of proximity,” said desAutels.