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CalPlant nearly finished

CalPlant, a $315 million rice straw-based MDF plant currently under construction in Willows, Calif., is scheduled to begin production this fall, according to CalPlant CEO Jerry Uhland. The announcement was made at this week’s AWFS Fair in Las Vegas by Columbia Forest Products, CalPlant’s exclusive sales agent and an investor in the project.

CalPlant will be the world’s first commercial-scale producer of no-added-formaldehyde, rice straw-based MDF, and at design capacity, the plant will produce more than 140 million sq. ft. (3/4” basis) of material annually.

Construction of the manufacturing facility is nearly 80 percent complete and the first run of panels is expected in November, according to the company.

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