In August 2018, Columbia Pulp I, LLC completed construction on its 18,000-square-foot pilot plant in Pomeroy, Washington. This pilot plant closely replicates Columbia Pulp’s innovative pulp-making process on a smaller scale. The Pilot Plant currently provides Job Training and Product Samples to support the efforts of its large-scale facility in Starbuck, Washington.
“Our Pomeroy pilot plant employs approximately eight full-time employees, and provides all of our operating staff the opportunity to learn the manufacturing process and hone their skills on a smaller scale ahead of the Lyons Ferry Pulp Plant opening,” said Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley. “This pilot plant allows us the opportunity to provide customers with product samples comparable to what they can purchase from the full-scale mill.”
The Company has leased the facility at 141 High Street from the Port of Garfield County who has been incredibly supportive of Columbia’s commitment to bringing jobs and economic growth to the community.
Once construction is completed on the Lyons Ferry mill, the pilot plant will remain open to produce smaller client orders and new product development.