April 16, 2014
~Innovative biopolymer manufacturer upholds mission of sustainability~
BAINBRIDGE, GA- Privately held biopolymer manufacturer Meredian, Inc., the world's largest producer of PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate), is utilizing a new cash crop to revolutionize their biopolymer production. Canola, which is local to Decatur county, has recently been selected by Meredian as the chief component of their process to produce pelletized raw material supply for manufacturing a wide range of completely biodegradable plastic products.
This canola crop is a critical component to Meredian's production of bioplastics because vegetable oil is the single most important, yet costly, factor in Meredian's manufacturing process. Although Meredian could theoretically use any vegetable oil to convert carbon into biopolymers, canola oil is the perfect option because it possesses the ability to be grown locally. The crop can be harvested twice per annum, leaving the soil which it inhabits nutrient rich and ready to plant other crops.
Meredian Inc. is currently working to establish canola growth that can sustain the capacity of the organization's 60 million pound fermentation facility. In order to meet the needs of this facility, 100,000 acres of canola must be utilized. In October 2013, 1,000 acres of canola seed were planted in Decatur County and are set to be harvested in April 2014. This entire crop is set to be used as seed for future crops to be planted. After future crops are harvested, they can be brought directly to Meredian's new oil crushing facility, Agrocrush: A Tri-State Company. "This step effectively cuts out unnecessary and costly transportation steps while simultaneously creating a vertical supply chain for Meredian and stimulating the local Decatur County and Georgia state economy," said Dr. Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Meredian, Inc.
The utilization of locally sourced Canola continues Meredian's mission of manufacturing biopolymers from renewable, natural resources that equal or exceed petroleum-based commodity plastics for price and performance. Meredian strives to produce environmentally friendly materials that are not derived from petroleum, and therefore enable reduced dependence on non-renewable, diminishing resources. The canola plants grown by Meredian are also guaranteed to be non-genetically modified, so any unused plant can be used as cooking oil and sold at a higher premium. This ensures there will be no waste in the bioplastic manufacturing process, furthering Meredian's mission to create the most ecologically sound biodegradable plastic on the market.
About Meredian, Inc.:
Meredian, Inc. is a privately held Georgia corporation which manufactures PHA biopolymers using renewable resources, further reducing the global dependence on petroleum historically used in production of plastics. Meredian, Inc. was formed by the principles following the success of its sister company, DaniMer Scientific, LLC. DaniMer Scientific was formed in 2004 to bring innovative solutions to the world by way of the use of biopolymer materials in traditional plastic applications. These companies are supported by a world class group of dedicated, highly skilled team members. With the addition of Meredian PHA biopolymers, the two companies offer a comprehensive selection of biopolymers that supports their core values of utilizing sustainably produced, renewable resource based polymers to improve people's lives at work.