At the guidance of site selection consulting firm Global Location Strategies, Trex Company – the world’s #1 brand of wood-alternative decking and high-performance, low-maintenance, eco-friendly outdoor living products – has selected Little Rock, Arkansas for the site of its third U.S. production site. Trex Company officials announced the decision along with Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson at a press conference today in Little Rock.
Trex Company, which is headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, expects to invest an estimated $400M over the next five years in the development of the new Arkansas site. The Trex campus will sit on nearly 300 acres of land and will eventually include buildings dedicated to decking and railing production, plastic film recycling and processing, reclaimed wood storage, warehousing, and administrative offices. Construction is slated to begin in early 2022. The campus will substantially expand output and will have the potential to be the company’s largest manufacturing facility.
“The expertise and efforts of the GLS team were invaluable in finding and securing the absolute right location for our new manufacturing facility,” said Bryan Fairbanks, president and CEO of Trex Company. “Little Rock not only affords us proximity to essential raw materials and key growth regions for wood conversion it also offers a strong pool of qualified labor, adjacency to major transportation hubs, and an appealing quality of life for attracting top talent. Combined, these attributes should significantly increase our ability to meet the anticipated strong demand for Trex products and better serve our distribution and retail partners, while positioning us for future growth.”
GLS President Didi Caldwell said, “The State of Arkansas, City of Little Rock, and Port of Little Rock have worked tirelessly to make this a reality. Projects of this size include a multitude of complexities, and the state and local teams’ coordination delivered a site and location that will enable Trex to produce quality product for decades to come.”
Environmental stewardship is embedded in Trex’s DNA. The entire portfolio of Trex decking is manufactured from 95% recycled materials, including a mix of reclaimed wood scrap and discarded plastic film. As one of the largest recyclers of polyethylene in North America, Trex works through a number of commercial partnerships and community programs across the country to source plastic waste through its NexTrex recycling program. Among its largest sources are grocery stores and other retailers who partner with Trex to responsibly dispose of plastic shopping bags and polyethylene film used to wrap products and pallets.
Over time, Trex will bring more than 500 new jobs to the Little Rock area. The company will be interviewing candidates for key positions starting this fall and will broaden its recruiting efforts for both salaried and hourly positions in spring 2022. Information about available positions will be posted online to the Trex Careers page at https://careers.trex.com.
About Global Location Strategies
Established in 1974, Global Location Strategies (GLS) is one of the world’s most experienced and reputable site selection firms specializing in capital- and resource-intensive facilities. With services that span the globe, GLS has conducted site searches in more than 50 countries for companies with particular concentration in pharmaceuticals, advanced manufacturing, chemical/petrochemicals, metals/polymers/composites, paper, and automotive. The company offers a full suite of site selection services, including location benchmarking, site selection, incentive negotiation, technical site due diligence, and alignment and training. Economic development services include industrial site audits, site competitiveness studies, strategic site identification and industrial asset optimization. GLS is headquartered in Greenville, S.C. For more information, visit www.GlobalLocationStrategies.com.
About Trex Company
Trex Company, Inc. [NYSE: TREX] is the world’s largest manufacturer of high performance wood-alternative decking and railing, with nearly 30 years of product experience. The #1 brand in outdoor living is proud to be named to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Size Companies and to Fortune magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies. Stocked in more than 6,700 retail locations worldwide, Trex outdoor living products offer a wide range of style options with fewer ongoing maintenance requirements than wood, as well as a truly environmentally responsible choice. For more information, visit trex.com.