Trex Company, a provider of wood-alternative decking and high-performance, low-maintenance, eco-friendly outdoor living products, has announced plans to develop a new multi-faceted production site in Little Rock, Ark. The company, which continues to experience broad-based demand driven by increasing consumer interest in outdoor living, believes that building a third U.S.-based manufacturing facility should enable the company to provide customers significantly better access to Trex Residential products where and when they need them, and position the company for future growth.
“This new site represents a strategic investment not only in our company’s future but in the future success of our valued channel partners,” says Trex Company President and CEO Bryan Fairbanks. “With the outdoor living category continuing to show strong momentum and our success to-date in converting share from the wood decking market, the time is right to further expand our capacity so that we can meet future customer demand efficiently and effectively.”
Trex believes the new production complex, to be located within the Port of Little Rock, should increase the company’s ability to meet the anticipated strong demand for its industry-leading decking and railing products. Based on the company’s search parameters, Little Rock emerged as the best fit for Trex’s immediate and future needs with a location closer to essential raw materials, a strong pool of qualified and skilled labor, proximity to key growth regions for wood conversion, and adjacency to major transportation hubs that will offer optimized freight costs for customers in the middle of the country who are presently served by existing facilities in Virginia and Nevada. Adding capacity also positions the company to better serve its distribution and retail partners domestically and abroad.
Trex expects to invest an estimated $400M over the next five years in the development of the new Arkansas site, funded primarily through ongoing cash generation. 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 development approach will be modular and calibrated to demand trends with the first production output anticipated in 2024. The campus will substantially expand output and will have the potential to be the company’s largest manufacturing facility.
“This is an exciting day for the city of Little Rock and all of Central Arkansas,” says Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “Trex is highly regarded as the world’s premier composite decking company, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome them to Arkansas. The company was looking at several locations, but Arkansas stood out thanks to its dedicated workforce, competitive business environment, location and superb quality of life. The jobs created by Trex will significantly enhance our economic climate, and I look forward to watching Trex grow and succeed in the coming years.”
“I’m excited to welcome Trex, the world’s leading manufacturer of composite decking and railing, to Little Rock,” adds Mayor Frank Scott Jr. “This regional manufacturing and distribution center will benefit greatly from our amazing assets – those being river, road, rail and air all intersecting in one place. And our residents will benefit from the addition of hundreds of high-wage jobs added to the economy.”
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.
Named to Forbes’ 2021 List of America’s Best Mid-Size Companies and one of the nation’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies by Fortune magazine, Trex opened its first production lines in Virginia in 1993 with 36 employees. The company now has more than 1,700 employees worldwide. With its industry-leading brand recognition, dominant share of the composite decking market, and unsurpassed channel placement in more than 6,700 retail outlets across 40+ countries, Trex leads the industry on a global scale.
“This expansion provides Trex with important competitive advantages in today’s dynamic outdoor living market,” emphasizes Fairbanks. “It will afford us the ability to flex with demand by adding capacity as needed. Having multiple manufacturing sites also helps mitigate risk while providing bandwidth to pursue new opportunities that will enable us to further leverage our unsurpassed brand recognition and expand our presence both domestically and internationally.”