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Patio-furniture maker to expand, create 38 jobs

A Syracuse-based manufacturer of outdoor patio furniture is expanding, adding production and showroom space, as it creates more than three dozen new jobs.

Poly-Wood Inc. is investing about $3 million in new equipment and a 42,260-square-foot addition to its operation at 1001 W. Brooklyn St., said George Robertson, president of the Kosciusko Economic Development Corp.

Doug Hertel, Poly-Wood’s marketing vice president, said the expansion is projected to create 38 new production jobs in 2014.

He declined to discuss wages on Friday, but in December 2011 he said the company paid production workers $10 to $18 an hour, depending on experience and certification.

Increased demand for the company’s product lines has fueled the expansion, Hertel said.

Poly-Wood, which now employs 186, recycles milk jugs and detergent bottles to make plastic lumber in brilliant blue, tangerine, lime and other colors. The materials are then used to make outdoor furniture.

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