June 3, 2021 - Red Leaf Pulp Ltd., developer of a proprietary wheat straw-based pulp mill, announced that it will locate its initial facility in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The company has secured properties on the west side of the City of Regina and will begin construction of the $350 million facility in early 2022.
The initial plant will have the capacity to produce approximately 182,000 tonnes of market pulp annually from waste wheat straw collected and aggregated from local producers.
According to Red Leaf, the new facility is expected to create 110 permanent full-time jobs, and 250 jobs during construction.
"Red Leaf is delighted to be locating in Regina and we look forward to working with the community, local businesses and the region's growers. Our project provides an opportunity to enhance the utilization of existing resources and diversify revenue sources in the ag-industry while creating a lower carbon future." said Martin Pudlas, CEO of Red Leaf Pulp.
"We want to thank communities across Saskatchewan for their support, interest and assistance during the location evaluation process. Ultimately Regina's proximity to major infrastructure and a significant workforce were key considerations in our choice for the initial plant site," Pudlas said.
Regina Mayor Sandra Masters commented, "I am very pleased Red Leaf has chosen to locate Canada's first non-wood pulp mill in Regina. This facility allows our City continued diversified growth in the urban-agricultural economy. It will highlight innovation in one of our core industries, maximize crop value in an environmentally sustainable way and provide valuable jobs in the low carbon energy sector. This is exciting news for Regina and our Province."
John Lee, CEO of Economic Development Regina, added, "More than ever, Regina is becoming the epicentre of a sustainable, value-added agriculture economy. We're proud to have worked closely with Red Leaf throughout this process and we are excited to welcome them to the region. Red Leaf's announcement means new jobs for Regina citizens and new opportunities for Regina businesses."
Red Leaf Pulp is developing the first non-wood pulp mill in Canada, producing a unique unbleached product. Red Leaf was established in 2019 by Darby Kreitz, the founder of Allnorth Consultants, a 500-person engineering firm with offices across Canada and in Atlanta, Georgia. Allnorth has significant experience in the design and commissioning of non-wood pulp mills in the United States and Europe, in addition to 26 years providing engineering services to the conventional wood pulp and paper industry. To learn more, visit: www.redleafpulp.com.
SOURCE: Red Leaf Pulp Ltd.
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