Poly-Wood, Inc.

Syracuse, IN

Poly-Wood Grows Again: Expanding & Adding Jobs

SYRACUSE – May 28, 2015—Poly-Wood, a leading producer of quality outdoor furnishings made from durable recycled plastic polymer, opened its production doors in the late 1980s by local friends Doug Rassi and Mark Phillabaum. As with any new company, the Poly-Wood team has worked hard to remain innovative in its practices so the business can grow.

All that effort is paying off, as the Syracuse-based company and Hoosier-grown furniture manufacturer is set to expand with a new production facility beginning this spring.

The company, along with contractor DJ Construction, will break ground mid-June at 813 West Brooklyn Street.

Demolition of an old building at the site takes place early June, with construction beginning shortly thereafter.

The new facility will allow Poly-Wood to expand the fabrication of its polymer lumber into various furniture assemblies as well as provide extra warehouse and shipping space. Expansion translates into approximately 250 more jobs at the company. Interested applicants may visit www.polywoodinc.com/employment to view current available positions.

“We are extremely excited for the expansion to begin this summer,” said Megan Pierson, director of sales and marketing at Poly-Wood. “It will allow us to provide an even better experience for all of our customers and employees, which will help continue to strengthen the Poly-Wood brand.”

Pete Garber, DJ Construction client representative, said the 230,000 sq. ft. two story building features an offset ridge height with windows to allow for extra natural light in the mezzanine. Construction also allows for 210 skylights and twelve truck dock doors.

“Doug Rassi is an out-of-the-box thinker,” said Garber, which he said pushed the DJ team to be more creative than usual in its design of the steel-frame production building. “We combined form and function by suggesting the second story offset ridge with its many windows. Harvesting daylight decreases energy usage while increasing employee morale.”

Currently, Poly-Wood owns all the buildings except for one small warehouse within the Syracuse Industrial Park.

Poly-Wood and DJ Construction partnered on a 42,260 sq. ft. addition that was completed November 2013. That project provided more manufacturing space for the furniture company’s injection molders that take the plastic pellets and make them into “plastic lumber.” The expansion also included a showroom containing a glass curtain wall with a telescoping door that opens the showroom to the exterior.

Local television station ABC 57 News shares the story.

WSBT Channel 22 also covers the expansion.

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