GREENBRAE, CALIF. (July 22, 4:20 p.m. ET) — Bioplastics maker Ecospan LLC has opened a facility in Exton, Pa., where it plans to have commercial production up and running by the end of next year.
Greenbrae, Calif.-based Ecospan opened a small office in Exton - near Philadelphia — last year and now has moved into a larger facility covering more than 20,000 square feet, said Paul Cannon, vice president for marketing and sales, in a July 22 phone interview. The site could employ as many as 30 by the end of 2012, he added.
The company's primary product is its BioFlow-brand bioplastic, which Cannon described as a “plant-based, 100 percent petroleum-free” material. Since being commercialized in 2008, BioFlow has been used in toys, cosmetics, consumer electronics and durable goods. The material uses corn and other plants as a feedstock.
Ecospan produces BioFlow at its production site in Phoenix, as well as at toll production sites in Long Beach, Calif., and in Germany, Malaysia and China. Cannon declined to provide sales or production data for the firm.
He added that Ecospan selected Exton because officials “found the Philadelphia area to be a green-friendly area that also had excess manufacturing space” that allowed the firm to expand in a cost-effective way. It's also close to numerous universities and large plastics and chemicals firms such as DuPont Co. and BASF Corp., officials said in a recent news release.
Ecospan was founded in 2005 and is owned by its management and outside investors.