The former John Boyle Co. facility will be used to provide better service and quicker delivery time to Rainier’s expanding East Coast dealer network.
To satisfy increasing demand for their retractable awning and screen products, Rainier Industries has completed the acquisition of a new 220,000 square-foot manufacturing facility from Glen Raven Inc. Located in Statesville, N.C., the 32-acre campus provides a central location for east coast shipping.
“We are thrilled to be expanding our manufacturing footprint to the East Coast, and doing it in a former John Boyle facility is particularly satisfying from an industry perspective,” commented Rainier president Scott Campbell. “Glen Raven has been a pleasure to work with through the acquisition and is a key supplier to the industry.”
“It’s great to see Rainier growing and expanding in these tough economic times. We appreciate their continued commitment to us as a vendor, and to the industry as a leading manufacturer of awnings and screens,” said Steve Ellington, president of Tri Vantage, a division of Glen Raven Inc.
Rainier is refitting the plant to accommodate complete manufacturing of both retractable awnings and screens with a multi-million dollar investment in new equipment. “This facility will be state of the art—capable of producing all our existing and future product lines,” said Campbell. “And Statesville has a great pool of experienced manufacturing talent for us to draw from as we continue our growth.”
Rainier plans to be shipping product from this facility in the first quarter of 2013.
Founded in 1896, Rainier Industries began providing tents and supplies to prospectors in the Alaskan Gold Rush. Today, it has evolved into a diverse manufacturer of a variety of products including yurts, tents, awning and screen systems and industrial fabric products, as well as sports, retail and tradeshow graphics to regional, national and Fortune 500 companies.