Recycled furniture manufacturer SoPoly plans to invest $5 million in their operations in Eastman, Georgia. The project is expected to create 200 jobs in Dodge County.
After opening in January 2021, the company currently employs 30 at their 70,000-square-foot facility located at 105 Industrial Boulevard.
"The SoPoly team is proud to offer high quality outdoor furniture that centers around our mission to bring family and friends together," said Robert Pruitt, SoPoly President and CEO. "To think that our first chair was sold in April 2021 to now having a network of over 300 dealers in 16 states and three countries has been amazing. We intend to continue providing American products and jobs right here in Georgia and look forward to our future together."
SoPoly manufactures outdoor furniture made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) that is sourced from post-consumer recycled materials. In addition to durable outdoor Adirondack chairs and chaise lounges, SoPoly also manufactures outdoor dining sets and side tables. Its two-toned St. Simons collection is named for one of the beautiful beaches in Georgia’s Golden Isles.
“It is always exciting to see a company continue to grow and reinvest in their community, but it’s especially gratifying when it’s a homegrown, rural Georgia company whose manufacturing products are designed to bring friends and family together,” said GDEcD Commissioner Pat Wilson. “We applaud SoPoly’s commitment to sustainability and look forward to working with them as they advance their goals. The Eastman-Dodge County Development Authority has been an excellent partner in this positive homegrown project, and we congratulate them on this exciting news.”
"All of us in Dodge County are excited about the new manufacturing plant and the soon to be more than 200 employees who are making these high-quality Adirondack chairs," said Charles Williams, Executive Director of the Dodge County Eastman Development Authority. "We salute our native son Robert Pruitt on the latest of his business ventures in the area. SoPoly is not only manufacturing leading-edge recycled materials products at this facility, but turning an empty building into a highly productive facility. The best part is, the people who are finding new employment opportunities at SoPoly are reliable, hardworking, highly skilled local people with a solid work ethic and a love for the area and for doing things right the first time. We are enjoying hosting tours and seeing recycling at its best in the new SoPoly manufacturing center here in Eastman!"