Montana Biopolymers Inc. plans to open production in South Carolina's Fairfield County to begin producing a sugar-based plastic in 2011.
Montana Biopolymers' sister company, Montana Polysaccharides Corp. of Winnsboro, already makes a sugar- based adhesive. The new firm's manufacturing plan calls for up to 10 employees during the next two years, the South Carolina Commerce Department said in a Dec. 29 news release. The first lines should be in operation by April.
Montana Biopolymers, also based in Winnsboro, is a joint venture of Montana Polysaccharides and Athena Environmental Sciences Inc. of Baltimore.
The new plant will allow the firm to place production at home, rather than an overseas market, CEO Joan Combie said in the news release.
Combie was not available to comment, but the company's website lists its first product as a fructose-based polymer marketed under the name Levana.