COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) – The new and future 500,000 square foot Fiberon manufacturing facility opened at Columbia on Tuesday. It will create more than 300 full-time jobs over the next five years.
The facility will be built on 130 acres of land and will manufacture PE decking and composite liners. It will include a variety of sustainability practices in its manufacturing processes.
There will be a recycling facility on site to convert waste plastic bales into pellets used in Fiberon products. The building will feature LED lighting, energy efficient windows and energy efficient technology for chillers and air compressors.
“We are thrilled to join the Columbia community,” said Fenton Challgren, president of Fortune Brands’ Outdoors business unit. “With our new state-of-the-art facilities, Fiberon will create more than 300 jobs, including manufacturing and office positions. Additionally, giving back is one of our core values and we look forward to supporting Columbia and the surrounding areas.
In addition to providing jobs in the area, Fiberon is donating $15,000 to the Youth Education Fund, a Maury County-based nonprofit that funds organizations that provide leadership, mentorship, and educational resources to youth in the community.
“Fiberon and Fortune Brands have made a significant investment in the community that will generate more than 300 quality job opportunities for the citizens of Columbia,” said Chaz Molder, Mayor of the City of Columbia. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to the company for its commitment, from the start, to being a good corporate citizen and a true community partner.”
The new facility will also improve the region’s ability to meet increased demand for outdoor products.
Production is expected to begin in late 2024. More information about Fiberon and the new Columbia plant is available on the company’s website.