Trex Makes Tracks for Port of Little Rock

Trex Makes Tracks for Port of Little Rock

In late 2021, outdoor products manufacturer Trex Company, Inc. announced plans for building a factory in the Port of Little Rock, a project representing a nearly $400 million investment in the region that will create more than 500 jobs.

With headquarters in Winchester, Virginia, Trex is a major manufacturer of wood-alternative composite decking, railing and other outdoor items made from recycled materials and is the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing.

The Little Rock Port Authority Board of Directors approved a resolution authorizing Executive Director Bryan Day to negotiate terms on land and rail use by the company. Trex purchased 289 acres near Welspun and was to meet certain benchmarks including construction timeline, total employment and use of rail cars at the port.

The Trex campus will sit on nearly 300 acres of land and will eventually include buildings dedicated to decking and railing production, plastic film recycling and processing, reclaimed wood storage, warehousing and administrative offices. The development approach will be modular and calibrated to demand trends with the first production output anticipated in 2024. The campus will substantially expand output and will have the potential to be the company’s largest manufacturing facility.

The deal was made possible by the Port’s land acquisition thanks to continued investment by the City of Little Rock. The Port purchased the land and is able to use it for economic development projects.

“Strategic investment and creative partnerships continue to be a recipe for success,” Day said. “We are thrilled to welcome Trex to Little Rock and appreciate their investment and commitment.”

“Little Rock is definitely focused on eco-friendly initiatives. We definitely have our own sustainability commission and we're excited to recruit companies that are green-friendly.”

Frank Scott Jr.
Mayor, Little Rock

Officials courted Trex for the better part of 2021 in a process referred to as “Operation Treehouse.” Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. said Trex’s sustainable manufacturing practices were especially attractive in light of Little Rock’s own green efforts.

“Little Rock is definitely focused on eco-friendly initiatives,” he said. “We definitely have our own sustainability commission and we’re excited to recruit companies that are green-friendly.”

Gov. Asa Hutchinson, noting the local impact of the financial investment and job creation, said the benefits of the Trex factory should extend throughout the state.

“I think there’s like 20 counties in Arkansas that have employees drive to work in the different companies in the Port and so this means something to not just Little Rock, not just Pulaski County, but for the surrounding counties as well,” he said.