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Columbia Pulp proposes 140,000 tons/yr wheat and alfalfa straw-based pulp mill in Washington to open in 2015

By Wed, Dec 18, 2013

STARBUCK, WA, Dec. 18, 2013 (Local News) -A private company plans to build a multimillion-dollar plant four miles west of Starbuck to convert wheat and alfalfa straw into pulp.

The plant will require approximately 240,000 tons of straw annually. The company, Columbia Pulp, Dayton, hopes to get that from farms within a 75-mile radius, said John Begley, manager and CEO. The plant will produce 140,000 tons of paper-grade pulp per year that will be sold to packaging and personal care product companies, he said.

The 150,000-square-foot facility will cost in the "tens of millions of dollars" and should open in the fall of 2015, Begley said. The company is beginning to get Columbia County permits and met with county commissioners Dec. 18.

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