Waste straw burned on wheat fields is one of Washington’s top sources of air pollution. Columbia Pulp purchases this straw to produce pulp and bio-polymers, creating a new revenue stream for wheat farmers that would typically go up in smoke.

Smart, Sustainable Business

Columbia Pulp’s 140,000-square-foot mill has created 100 family wage jobs in the agricultural communities of Dayton, Starbuck and Pomeroy, Washington. Straw purchases from local farmers exceed $15 million dollars every year.

An Economic Engine

Columbia Pulp eliminates the need for farmers to burn 250,000 tons of straw waste every year, improving air quality region-wide. Our state-of-the-art facility and locally-sourced feed stock reduce carbon emissions by 76 percent compared to traditional pulp mills.

Protecting the Environment

Creating a Sustainable Future

Columbia Pulp is North America’s first tree-free market pulp mill, using wheat farmers’ waste straw to create pulp for paper products as well as bio-polymers for a variety of industrial uses.

Latest News

RISI’s 2019 Top 50 Power List

John Begley, CEO of Columbia Pulp, has been selected to be on the Fastmarkets RISI's 2019 Top 50 Power List! See the full list here. John is No. 44.

West Linn Paper Mill Site to Re-open as Willamette Falls Paper Company

Columbia Pulp congratulates our partner, Columbia Ventures Corporation, on its recent acquisition. We are excited about the re-opening of West Linn Paper as Willamette Falls Paper and its commitment to integrate the use of non-traditional fiber sources such as pulp from wheat straw! West Linn Paper Mill Site to Re-open as Willamette Falls Paper Company

Columbia Straw Supply Fire Update

On the morning of June 13th, a straw fire began at Columbia Straw’s Lyons Ferry location. As of 6:00 am, June 19th, the fire had been reduced to a pile of smoldering straw about a stack’s width and 1 foot high. A fire team with truck and Columbia Straw individuals continue to work round the clock cutting, stirring, and [...]

Columbia Straw Supply Fire

A fire at a Columbia Straw Supply stackyard on Lyons Ferry Road has destroyed or damaged about a thousand tons of wheat straw which has been stored there in preparation for the launch of Columbia Pulp’s Lyons Ferry mill. The fire is contained and the site will be under 24 hour fire watch. No injuries have occurred. The cause [...]

Association of Washington Business (AWB)

2018 Operational Excellence Award

Recognizing a company that has a distinctive manufacturing process, including continuous improvement, innovations, lean and six sigma and/or application of high technology.