Repreve Renewables celebrates grand opening of processing center
Repreve Renewables LLC celebrated the official opening of its North Carolina processing center on June 1. This investment marks the company’s initiative to build local economies, while providing customers with reliable and cost effective feedstock solutions. The new plant created eight full-time and 40 seasonal jobs.
“The Wayne County Development Alliance (WCDA) was excited to partner with Repreve Renewables last year to become the first Wayne County industry to benefit from a new incentive policy recently approved by the board of commissioners,” said Chuck Allen, Wayne County Development Alliance board chairman. “The WCDA looks forward to working with Repreve Renewables now that they are an existing Wayne County industry. We will do everything we can to help make sure Repreve Renewables prospers in Wayne County. They are a great company, a great asset to our community and we want to be sure they stay right here.”
Repreve Renewables’ primary crop is giant miscanthus, a high-yielding, low-input and drought tolerant perennial that improves soil and water quality. Giant miscanthus can be utilized as the feedstock for an array of industries, from poultry bedding to bioenergy and a variety of other commercial applications. Currently, Repreve Renewables has developed thousands of acres of production across the U.S., with a portion of its production focused on a new and innovative poultry bedding product. This renewable product is providing the poultry market with a purpose grown solution for improving the poultry production growing environment. The U.S. poultry market, consists of 8.5 billion chickens and 253 million turkeys raised annually. Agriculture is the number one industry in North Carolina, and poultry is the largest segment.
Bill Pate, Wayne County commissioner added, “We are certainly glad to have Repreve Renewables as a new industry in Wayne County. Agriculture and agribusiness are at the heart of who we are as a county. Repreve Renewables’ growing and manufacturing processes help our farmers, our poultry end users and our Wayne County workers. REPREVE RENEWABLES touches many aspects of our farming community, and we are glad they are here.”
The state-of-the-art processing center will house the company’s patented ACCU YIELD System. This proprietary suite of technologies makes miscanthus production commercially scalable and delivers greater yield potential through improved germination, viability and precision planting. This breakthrough in feedstock agricultural engineering provides Repreve Renewables with the ability to produce thousands of acres of miscanthus during a given planting season.
“The opening of the N.C. processing center solidifies Repreve Renewables’ commitment to investing in the future of biomass and the industries it serves,” said Travis Hedrick, Chief Executive Officer for Repreve Renewables. “The processing center utilizes state-of-the-art equipment providing us with the flexibility and scale to further expand Repreve Renewables in new and innovative directions.”
The ribbon-cutting event took place in Seven Springs, North Carolina, and featured remarks from Hedrick, Allen and Pate.