Danimer to convert Kentucky algae plant to bioplastics

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In Kentucky, Danimer Scientific has acquired a former algae production facility that it will convert to manufacture its Nodax-brand polyhydroxyalkanoate bioplastics.

The 88,000-square-foot plant in Winchester, Kentucky was formerly owned by Alltech and is targeted startup in the fourth quarter of next year. Nodax’s applications include drinking straws, food packaging, and shipping bags. It is compostable, 100% biobased, and biodegradable in a number of environments, including marine.

“This facility marks a major milestone for our company,” Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey says. “It will be the world’s first PHA commercial production plant, positioning us to provide our Nodax PHA biodegradable plastic material for a wide variety of applications, from food packaging to drinking straws and more. Kentucky’s state resources and strong local workforce have provided us with a significant leg up in getting this project off the ground.” According to the governor of Kentucky, the plant will create 37 jobs.

Danimer is headquartered in Bainbridge, Georgia and was formerly known as Meridian Holdings Group.