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Americana Building Products to Expand Salem Plant with Recently Acquired Company

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Chief Executive Officer of Americana Building Products expects expansion at both its  Salem plant and at a company it has recently acquired in Mesa, Arizona.  Jerry Purcell provided an update to the Salem City Council Monday night on their acquisition of PW Athletic Company. 

"We'll be adding equipment here and we won't be moving employees in any direction.  They've got a good staff out there and we've got a good staff here.  We see an expansion over the next 12-24 months and probably add one or two more employees to what we already have to help pick up production.  If things pick up, like we hope, you've got to manage your growth.  You can't have too much growth all at once.  I'm sure over the next two-to-four months we'll see some significant growth", said Purcell.  

Purcell says Americana currently has 66 employees in Salem and PW Athletic Company has 20 in Arizona.  He notes the 98-year-old PW Athletic Company manufacturers park and recreation furnishings that will compliment the products made by Americana.   Purcell also announced a new product being made at the Salem plant is in the process of being introduced at Lowe's Stores across the country.

"It's a modular wheelchair system that they designed all in house.  They proto-typed it and came to us and said your expertise in fabrication and aluminum and what can you help us with. Really it was an outstanding product and allowed us to develop a product line with them with their brand saying Made by Americana, but it's not under their Gatehouse Brand, which is their higher-end line", said Purcell.  

Americana products include park shelters, covered walkways, patio covers, carports and awnings.  They are sold at Lowe's, Menard's, RP Lumber and many neighborhood lumber companies.  Purcell says the city of Salem has been a great partner and Salem has been a great city in which to grow.  

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