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Columbia Pulp Opens Pilot Plant Producing Paper Pulp from Waste Straw in Washington

Columbia Pulp, LLC

Sept. 4, 2018 - Columbia Pulp I, LLC, announced it has completed construction on its 18,000-square-foot pilot pulp plant in Pomeroy, Washington. The pilot plant will serve as a small scale training facility while offering prospective customers samples of Columbia's pulp produced from wheat straw.

Columbia Pulp is currently constructing a full scale pulp mill in Lyons Ferry, Washington that will produce 400 tons per day of pulp from wheat and alfalfa straw supplied by farmers in the area.

Columbia Pulp expects the pilot plant to produce 10 tons of pulp per day and to be fully operational in September.

“Our Pomeroy pilot plant will employ up to eight full-time employees, and provide them the opportunity to learn the manufacturing process and hone their skills on a smaller scale ahead of the Lyons Ferry Pulp Plant opening,” said Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley. “This pilot plant allows us the opportunity to provide prospective customers with product samples comparable to what they can purchase from the full-scale mill.”

Ultimately, the Lyons Ferry Pulp Plant is expected to provide 90 jobs and consume about 230,000 tons of straw waste annually.

The Lyons Ferry Pulp Plant is planned to produce 400 tons of pulp per day in its 140,000-square-foot facility. Along with producing pulp for use in papermaking, the mill will produce environmentally friendly biopolymers, which can be used on roads, in animal feed and more.

Once construction is completed on the Lyons Ferry mill, the pilot plant will remain open to produce smaller client orders.

Columbia Pulp's offices are located in Dayton, Washington. The company operates a Pilot Facility in Pomeroy, Washington and is finishing construction on a state-of-the-art industrial scale mill in Starbuck, Washington. Both facilities convert wheat straw and seed alfalfa into pulp and biopolymers used in the manufacture of paper and packing products, as well as numerous specialty chemical applications. To learn more about the company, please visit

SOURCE: Columbia Pulp, LLC