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Poly-Wood Expands Its Lumber Division to Include Green Initiatives

Poly-Wood, Inc., recently expanded its lumber division. Founded in 1990 for the recycling of plastics into lumber, marketed under the brand name POLYWOOD™, the division has undergone an expansion of its Indiana extrusion facilities and overall production capacity, including heightened sustainability efforts.

Tim Pletcher, sales, lumber division, says, “Our goal in the expansion of Poly-Wood’s lumber division is to serve our current markets better, as well as to increase our ability to explore additional segments and opportunities for plastic lumber; however, throughout the construction expansion of our facilities (as well as with the added production capacity), Poly-Wood continues to be committed to responsible manufacturing” and, he adds, to having a positive impact on the environment.

Poly-Wood’s lumber division currently is the leading provider of recycled plastic lumber for the outdoorfurnishings and -accessories industry. Other applications and sales avenues include manufacturers of durable and sustainable products for farming, marine applications, golf, landscaping, industrial uses, and general construction. The expanded capacity of the production facilities is in response to the ongoing growth of the industry as additional product categories create demand for plastic lumber and related extruded products.

POLYWOOD lumber is created from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) with UV-inhibited pigment systems and offers unlimited recyclability. “POLYWOOD can be reground and melted into new products infinitely when the current product reaches the end of its usable life,” Pletcher says. The HDPE primary raw material is derived from postconsumer bottle waste, such as milk and detergent bottles or other HDPE postindustrial materials.


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