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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
An article from the Watco web site: http://blog.watcocompanies.com/2019/05/watco-helps-columbia-pulp-start-from-scratch/
May, 2019 - NW Straw Pulp, LLC announces the appointment of its newest Board Member. Sue Cruz was recently elected to serve on the Board of Managers of NW Straw Pulp, LLC, parent company of Columbia Pulp. Ms. Cruz is an experienced financial executive with a broad base of experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management. [...]
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.