REPREVE RENEWABLES Gives Boost to Nonprofit Organizations Serving Rural N. C. Communities

GREENSBORO, N.C. – December 22, 2014 – REPREVE RENEWABLES, LLC, marks its growth in the developing North Carolina biomass crop market with the launch of the TRAILBLAZERS Helping Communities Thrive Program, providing donations to nonprofit organizations in communities where its contracted growers and landowners live. The 2014 Communities Thrive Award recipients include Bladen County Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, Wayne County 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program and Mt. Olive Northeast Freewill Baptist Church Mission Team for disaster and emergency response outreach.

“We are in the business of growing renewables solutions to ensure a better world. Each of these recipient organizations is working to provide solutions in the communities where our growers and landowners live and work,” says Jeff Wheeler, chief executive officer of REPREVE RENEWABLES. “Our company and business model are built on the value of supporting rural economic development.”

REPREVE RENEWABLES has developed patented solutions for planting giant miscanthus, a biomass crop, on a commercial scale. The company’s integrated turnkey program provides a range of environmental and economic benefits to farmers and landowners, plus those in their local communities that store, transport and process the biomass material. The TRAILBLAZERS Helping Communities Thrive Program extends this reach.

This year’s recipients of the TRAILBLAZERS Helping Communities Thrive Program are:

L-R: Travis Hedrick, REPREVE RENEWABLES; Singletary; Hester; and Ray Allen, Bladen County Farm Bureau.

L-R: Travis Hedrick, REPREVE RENEWABLES; Singletary; Hester; and Ray Allen, Bladen County Farm Bureau.

The North Carolina Farm Bureau (NCFB) Young Farmer and Rancher Program offers young adults 18 to 35 years old opportunities for leadership development and personal growth. The program provides experiences at the local, state and national levels to address issues and challenges facing farming operations and the agricultural industry. Nominated by two REPREVE RENEWABLE growers, Ashley Singletary and Chris Hester, the Bladen County Chapter of the NCFB Young Farmer and Rancher Program promotes agriculture in the classroom by fostering farm-related learning among elementary school children. The funds will be used for ongoing educational efforts.

L-R: Wallace Simmons, Wayne County 4-H Agent; AJ Linton, Murphy Family Ventures; and Travis Hedrick, REPREVE RENEWABLES.

L-R: Wallace Simmons, Wayne County 4-H Agent; AJ Linton, Murphy Family Ventures; and Travis Hedrick, REPREVE RENEWABLES.

The Wayne County 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) is a unique program to teach habitat management to youth. Each year 4-H members dedicate numerous hours in studying nature and preparing for the state contest. While aspiring to advance to the national contest, the ultimate goal of the program is improving the environment for future generations. AJ Linton with Murphy Family Ventures nominated this local 4-H organization.

Travis Hedrick, REPREVE RENEWABLES; Elsie Moye, Aileen Jernigan, Doug Jernigan, Scott Smith and Annalee Smith, Northeast Freewill Baptist Church.

Travis Hedrick, REPREVE RENEWABLES; Elsie Moye, Aileen Jernigan, Doug Jernigan, Scott Smith and Annalee Smith, Northeast Freewill Baptist Church.

The Northeast Freewill Baptist Church Mission Team serves the needs of families in the Mt. Olive community. The group plans to prepare disaster relief kits, including infant care and personal hygiene articles, to be distributed in times of crisis. Farmer and church member Douglas Allen Jernigan nominated this group that works to serve those in need in his community.