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Montana Biopolymers to Set up a Production Line for Eco-friendly Polymers at Fairfield County

Published on 2010-12-31. Author : SpecialChem

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fairfield County and the South Carolina Department of Commerce announced that Montana Biopolymers Inc. plans to produce eco-friendly polymers and related products in Fairfield County. The company plans to have the first production line ready for testing in April of 2011.

The biopolymers will be used to replace certain petrochemicals in everything from cosmetics to plastics. The company will continue to develop their line of adhesives that are already sold in environmentally conscious venues around the country.

"We appreciate the assistance from so many organizations whose personnel worked hard to bring together needed elements," said Joan Combie, CEO, Montana Biopolymers. "For example, Fairfield Economic Development Director, Tiffany Harrison, facilitated the location of a suitable site and is now engaged in the workforce search. Potential investors were impressed by the infrastructure and availability of technical expertise in the area."

"Montanta Biopolymers' decision to invest and create new jobs in Fairfield County is another indication that our state's business-friendly climate and skilled workforce provides the winning combination necessary to help businesses compete. This announcement is also a reminder that South Carolina's focus on the business fundamentals such as keeping taxes and regulatory burdens low continues to pay dividends in our ability to attract new investment and encourage growth among small businesses. We welcome Montana Biopolymers to Fairfield County and wish them much success in their endeavors here," said Joe Taylor, Secretary of Commerce.

With added investment in a research and development component and additional production lines, Montana Biopolymers anticipates steady growth.

About Montana Biopolymers, Inc.

Montana Biopolymers, Inc. produces biopolymers made from renewable sources to replace petrochemical polymers. Their first polymer is Levana®, a polymer of fructose. The company was founded as a joint venture combining the Levana® biopolymers from Montana Polysaccharides Corporation (Winnsboro, SC) and the bio-adhesive product lines of Athena Environmental Sciences, Inc. (Baltimore, MD).

About SC Dept. of Commerce

The South Carolina Department of Commerce works to promote economic opportunity for individuals and businesses. As South Carolina's economic development agency, the Department of Commerce works to recruit new businesses and help existing businesses grow. Additionally, Commerce assists companies in locating buildings and sites in which to operate, offers grants for community development and infrastructure improvements, provides tools to enhance workforce skills and is committed to helping businesses prosper in South Carolina. The Department of Commerce also maintains the S.C. Public Railways and the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development.

Source: SC Dept. of Commerce

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