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

Starbuck School District Donation

Kevin Gravis, left, receiving check from John Begley, Columbia Pulp CEO. On Thursday Oct 3rd, Kevin Gravis from the Starbuck School District was at our offices receiving a check from our Sponsorship and Donations Committee in the amount of $1000. This donation was given in request of Martha Lanman with Columbia County Public Health and the Starbuck [...]

Columbia Pulp starts up, expects straw pulp production this week

From Pulp & Paper Canada: Columbia Pulp’s new $250-million straw pulp mill in Washington is undergoing its start-up process. John Begley, the company’s CEO, tells Pulp & Paper Canada he anticipates the mill – located on the Lyons Ferry site outside Starbuck, Washington (two hours’ drive south of Spokane) – will be producing tree-free pulp by the end of [...]

Palouse railroads continue to make history

From the Waitsburg Times: The burgeoning railroad industry of the late 1800's pounded its way to and through the Palouse, connecting lumber and flour mills, and other industrial and agricultural goods to the rest of the North American as well as export markets. The great rivers of the area attracted many early adventurers, but it took the railroads to [...]

Columbia Pulp CEO garners top honor

From the Union-Bulletin.com: The plant has not yet opened, but that isn’t stopping Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley from recognition as a mover and shaker in the pulp and paper industry. Begley was named to Fastmarkets RISI’s Top 50 Power List. The honor was published in Fastmarket’s July/August publication. Fastmarket RISI is the global trade publication for the forest products industry. Read more ... [...]

Columbia Pulp closes in on launch date

From the Union-Bulletin.com: LYONS FERRY — Columbia Pulp is in the final stages of launching the first straw pulp mill of its kind in North America. The operation reached a major milestone last week with the mechanical completion signoff for general contractor Pacific Civil & Infrastructure. Federal Way, Wash.,-based PCI was expected to be off the clock over the [...]

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.

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.