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Barrett Outdoor Living Plans Bulls Gap, Tennessee, Manufacturing Plant

Barrett Outdoor Living, a leading manufacturer of fencing, railing and exterior products, will invest $33 million to expand its manufacturing plant in Bulls Gap, Tennessee. The company plans to create 162 jobs in Hawkins County.

With a workforce of more than 700 employees, Barrette will add 40,000 square feet of manufacturing space, including four new extruders, co-extruders and cooling tanks as well as additional fabrication and packaging equipment.

“The State of Tennessee along with Hawkins County, Bulls Gap and TVA have been excellent partners in our growth and we appreciate their continued support in the ongoing expansion of our business,” Gary Williams, vice president of Operations, Barrette Outdoor Living said.

“As one of the top five employers in Hawkins County, Barrette Outdoor Living has established itself as a valuable corporate partner in the Northeast region of our state. These 160 new, family-wage jobs will make a tremendous impact on the area’s workforce, and we appreciate Barrette Outdoor Living for its continued investment and job creation in Tennessee,” added Bob Rolfe, Commissioner of TNECD.

Barrette was founded nearly 100 years ago in Canada and employs approximately 2,000 people today across North America. As the leading North American supplier of exterior home products to the residential market, Barrette Outdoor Living manufactures and distributes vinyl, aluminum, steel and composite fencing and railing, composite decking and other outdoor products.

“Barrette has been an outstanding corporate citizen in Hawkins County since purchasing the Erwin Industries facility in 2002 and they have continued to grow their operations since converting to vinyl fence production the very next year. This large investment and additional 162 quality jobs announcement is just further proof of the pro-business environment in Northeast Tennessee that we and our partners at NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership tout as “Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day!” We couldn’t be happier with the news and extend our deepest thanks for their continued growth here,” said Hawkins County IDB Chairman Larry Elkins.

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