Syracuse outdoor manufacturing company expanding its operations

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Polywood, a manufacturer of outdoor furniture produced with recycled plastics, announced plans today to expand its Indiana operations in Kosciusko County. The company, which has already significantly ramped up its hiring this year with 157 new team members added in 2020, plans to build a new production facility at its Syracuse campus and create up to 95 new jobs by the end of 2023.

“Polywood is a true Indiana success story, and it’s incredible to see their growth over the last 30 years,” said Governor Eric Holcomb. “The company has developed lasting partnerships within its northern Indiana community, and we’re extremely grateful for their commitment to keep growing here and create more than 250 career opportunities for Hoosiers.”

Polywood is investing approximately $42.8 million over the next five years to construct and equip a new, 369,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on its campus at W. Brooklyn Street in Syracuse, adding a new recycle line and 30 new extrusion lines. The new facility, which will complement the company’s existing operations, will allow Polywood to meet growing customer demand for its all-weather furniture product lines. Construction will begin this month, and the company expects the new facility to be operational by fall of 2021.

“We are excited about expanding our operations in Syracuse, Indiana because of the quality of work ethic we find in our employees from the greater Syracuse and Kosciusko county area,” said Doug Rassi, CEO of Polywood.

The company, which currently employs 600 associates in Indiana and 775 nationwide, will be hiring for numerous positions in the next three to eight months. Positions will be available for all shifts in operations, shipping, and for professional office positions. Interested applicants may apply online.

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1 comment

Cindy November 25, 2020 at 9:26 am

Polywood needs to get their production times and customer service under control before they go expanding. I understand covid, but extending production times out by 12 weeks is not going to work well in this market. There are a lot of other manufacturers out there with high quality products that can ship the product much faster.


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