Maxwell Bernstein | December 2, 2020
The Texas-based company, Corn Board Manufacturing, plans on constructing a $15 million, 50,000-square-foot plant west of Odebolt, IA in Sac County, according to the Des Moines Register.
Corn Board Manufacturing will seek 30-50 farmers to provide around 50 million pounds of corn stover annually to provide resources for creating an alternative for wood. The company expects to employ 30 people and will pay farmers around $750,000 for the stover.
Corn stover is the debris that’s left behind after corn is harvested. This debris includes leaves, stalks, husks, and tassels, according to Michigan State. In order to create products, Corn Board Manufacturing sorts the stover and combines it with resin where it is then bonded under heat and pressure. Their patented product, CornBoard, will include pallets that are lighter than wood but still have the same structural integrity.
“Customers want pallets that don’t cause deforestation and (are) more sustainable,” the CEO of Corn Board Manufacturing, Lane Segerstrom, said to the Des Moines Register.