Local Bainbridge Company Contracted to Building $2 Million Project at MHG
MHG, the manufacturer of 100 percent biodegradable and renewable plastic replacement, is pleased to announce they are adding a 260,000 bushel grain storage facility to their Agrocrush plant, where they will crush the canola to make PHA. The project will cost an estimated $2 million to build out the grain bins. Jenkins Mechanical Inc., a vested locally owned company will head up this project, with site preparations and engineering currently underway to support the construction effort.
MeredianInc.com – MHG manufactures biopolymers from non-GMO canola at it’s plant in Bainbridge, Georgia, USA.“We are very excited to be working with JMI to build out the grain storage facility at our plant. We have had a long standing relationship with them, and enjoy working with local companies to provide more service and work for the local community,” stated Dr. Paul Pereira, Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of MHG.
After looking at several different vendors nationwide, MHG selected JMI, who is an authorized Chief dealer. Chief has more than 50 years of experience in grain storage systems and the equipment being installed has been proven to be successful in the canola industry. JMI was able to meet the scope of work of this project and is located close by for when service is needed. Extending this opportunity to a local company expresses MHG’s values of environmental sustainability and helping the economy in the local community.
Sean Schuyler, Vice President of Agrocrush at MHG stated, “It is very exciting to see new jobs and revenue being generated in the area. At MHG, we try to seek local help whenever possible if they can meet the scope of the work that needs to be done.”
MHG expects the system with controls to be completed in time for the harvest next spring. There are more than 4,000 acres of canola currently being grown in the surrounding area, and is expected to yield roughly 200 to 300 truckloads of seed. The new storage grain facility will allow MHG to unload a truck in ten to fifteen minutes with inspections and grading occurring as the trucks arrive. When finished there will be 10,000,000 pounds of seed in storage. MHG expects to have the crush line in place in December of 2015 to begin processing the seed.
MHG canola fields
Last year, 1,000 acres were planted with canola in the fall, which produced more than 43 bushels per acre. Despite less than desirable conditions the crop endured over the season, the canola was healthy and undamaged. The success of last season supported MHG’s decision to use locally grown canola as their major source to produce their completely biodegradable PHA.
MHG is continuing to make great strides as they continue plan to deliver commercialized products next year after the final phase of build out at the MHG property. “We are starting to see our model of “Renewability and Sustainability” taking root” says Dr. Pereira.
MHG is the holding company of Meredian, Inc. and Danimer Scientific, environmental entities striving to to create a greener tomorrow with renewable, sustainable, 100% biodegradable, and toxin free bioplastics for people at work and at home.
Meredian operates as a recognized world leader in the production of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) plastics. DaniMer Scientific specializes in the customization of biopolymer formulations that combine PHA and PLA through a proprietary reactive extrusion process. MHG’s AgrofacturingTM system includes cold-pressing canola oil harvested from non-GMO canola seed, and manufacturing it into PHA biopolymer. By sourcing locally grown canola, a rotation crop, MHG provides farmers with a market that does not compete with food harvests. Supported by a group of world-class scientists and business leaders, MHG currently owns more than 125 patents across nearly 20 countries. MHG is headquartered in Bainbridge, Georgia, USA.
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