Laurel BioComposite opens Nebraska plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: October 1, 2013 3:57 pm ET
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:10 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Materials, Materials Suppliers

Bioplastics maker Laurel BioComposite LLC has moved into a new 20,000 square foot plant in Laurel, Neb.

The Laurel-based firm marked the opening Sept. 25 with a ceremony attended by Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, state director Maxine Moul and Laurel Mayor Mark Patefield. The plant currently operates a single production line with annual capacity of 7 million pounds. Laurel already is in the process of adding a second production line as well as bulk material handling. The site eventually will have annual capacity of 48 million pounds, officials said in a Sept. 29 news release.

Laurel's Bio-Res-brand bioresin is based on corn and can have bio-based content of up to 80 percent. The material can be blended with thermoplastics as a pellet or with thermosets as a powder. Officials said Bio-Res "is especially suited" for single-use products in industries such as shipping, lawn and garden, agricultural and automotive.

"Our product replaces a portion of traditional plastic resins and creates a positive environmental impact by reducing the industry's reliance on crude oil," Laurel CEO Tim Bearnes said in the release. "We don't make the plastic — we make the plastic greener."


Comments

Laurel BioComposite opens Nebraska plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: October 1, 2013 3:57 pm ET
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:10 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Recycling trade group growing in size, resources

February 27, 2015 4:50 pm ET

DALLAS — The executive director of the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers is partial to calling his group the little engine that...    More

Image

Experts explain why resin sales are down in a healthy US economy

February 27, 2015 1:58 pm ET

The economies of the U.S. and Canada posted solid growth in 2014 — even though resin demand in those countries lagged behind.    More

Image

Industry vet Dwight Morgan joins M. Holland

February 27, 2015 1:55 pm ET

Resin distribution leader M. Holland Co. has hired industry veteran Dwight Morgan as its vice president of corporate development.    More

Image

Indian masterbatch makers growing locally and thinking globally

February 27, 2015 1:30 pm ET

GANDHINAGAR, INDIA — India’s masterbatch makers are expanding their domestic capacity to meet growing demand, as some are also moving...    More

Image

Silicone baby teether company working with Massachusetts recycler

February 26, 2015 1:14 pm ET

A recycling company and a startup will try to keep silicone baby products out of landfill.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events