DuraLife by Barrette Outdoor Living announced a multi-million dollar investment in upgrades at its Biddeford, Maine facility to double the production of composite decking materials in 2021. The investments in equipment and manpower will provide a “premium service” to customers by ensuring all needs will be met within a two-week distribution lead-time, according to the manufacturer.

The upgrades include the addition of state-of-the-art automated equipment and multiple extrusion lines in the plant to optimize efficiencies in the production process. The equipment will also offer operators the ability to more efficiently monitor and track line performance, according to Barrette Outdoor Living.

The investments include a 65,000-square-foot expansion of its supply yard to provide storage for additional volume of decking being produced. Operations at the plant have also moved to 24/7, increasing shifts from two to three, seven days a week. The manpower will not only contribute to increased production, but has created more than 30 new jobs in the surrounding area of the plant.

“The investment in our DuraLife facility is significant and enables us to achieve faster speed without compromising the quality of our decking products and the addition of manpower to our workforce is a win-win for our company and for the local community,” Sylvain Bellemare, vice president of engineering and process improvement at Barrette Outdoor Living, said in a news release.

Barrette Outdoor Living is a supplier of exterior home products to the residential market and the company produces vinyl, aluminum, steel, and composite products under a variety of leading brand names at 10 locations across the United States. The DuraLife, acquired by Barrette Outdoor Living in 2018, operates a 100,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility in Biddeford, Maine. The brand recently expanded its distribution footprint by entering relationships with Hansen Marketing Services in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana, Wausau Supply Company in Colorado, and Boise Cascade in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.