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World's First PHA Commercial Production Plant by Danimer Scientific in Winchester

TAGS:  Green and Bioplastics    

Gov. Matt Bevin has recently announced Danimer Scientific, a manufacturer of biodegradable and compostable plastic products, will locate a fermentation facility in Winchester with a $36.2 million investment and create 37 full-time jobs.

New Partnership
"Danimer Scientific is a true innovator within the plastics industry, and we are proud they have selected Kentucky for this exciting new venture. The company's decision to locate here is a strong endorsement of the community of Winchester as well as the commonwealth's overall business climate. We congratulate both Danimer Scientific and Clark County on this promising partnership, and we look forward to a bright future of shared success."

Commercial Production of Nodax™ PHA

  • Danimer Scientific's leaders plan to purchase and revitalize the 88,000-square-foot former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester. 
  • The company will use the fermentation plant to produce its proprietary Nodax™ polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) material. 
  • Nodax™ PHA is a biopolymer that can be used to manufacture a vast array of versatile, biodegradable plastic products, including drinking straws, food packaging, cups, bottles, shopping bags, plates, trash bags, labels and more. 
  • The material is compostable, 100 percent bio-based and biodegradable in anaerobic, soil, fresh water and marine environments. 
  • Work could begin next month and company leaders aim to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The production of Danimer's Nodax™ PHA begins with fermentation where canola oil is consumed by soil bacteria and converted into PHA, which is then processed into a powder form. The powder will be transported to the company's Bainbridge, Ga. facility and combined with other biopolymers to manufacture biodegradable plastic resins.

Danimer Scientific’s Major Milestone Stephen Croskrey, Danimer Scientific CEO, said
"This facility marks a major milestone for our company. It will be the world's first PHA commercial production plant, positioning us to provide our Nodax™ PHA biodegradable plastic material for a wide variety of applications, from food packaging to drinking straws and more. Kentucky's state resources and strong local workforce have provided us with a significant leg up in getting this project off the ground."

Danimer Scientific develops sustainable, eco-friendly methods to produce plastic products, including biodegradable and compostable materials, with its renewable biopolymers. Danimer Scientific and its team members offer a comprehensive selection of biodegradable plastics for residential and business use. The company and its subsidiaries currently own more than 125 patents in nearly 20 countries for a range of manufacturing processes and biopolymer formulations.

New Employment Opportunities for Local Workforce
Sen. Ralph Alvarado, of Winchester, said the employment opportunities will benefit the local workforce. He added:
"I'm pleased to hear that Danimer Scientific has chosen Winchester as the home for its new fermentation facility. The creation of 37 new full-time jobs is welcome news to the people of Clark County."

Rep. Donna Mayfield, of Winchester, said she hopes to see other companies follow in Danimer's footsteps and locate in Clark County. He added:
"Winchester welcomes Danimer Scientific with open arms. The jobs the company will provide will be of great benefit to Clark County and I'm glad to see more businesses establish roots in Winchester."

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said the company makes a great fit for the city, which will benefit from Danimer's job creation and investment. He added:
"Winchester is committed to attracting world class industry to the community. Danimer Scientific is no exception. The careers they will offer, the wages they will pay, the investment, and the product they manufacture will be deeply impactful."

Source: Danimer ScientificChannel Alerts

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