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Cargill Dow Breaks Ground On World-Scale PLA Facility

Cargill Dow, Minnetonka, Minn., recently broke ground in a formal ceremony, signaling the start of construction on its first world-scale polylactide plant in Blair, Neb.Slated for completion on 2002, the facility will create a demand for the use of annually renewable resources, such as corn, to serve as the raw material for Cargill Dows NatureWorks PLA. Once operational, the plant will require 40,000 bushels of locally grown corn per day to meet global production demands."We are moving forward, full steam ahead," said Jim Stoppert, president and CEO, Cargill Dow."Based on projected product roll-outs with our marquee customers, as well as the considerable interest generated in our technology since our formal product and technology launch in January, we anticipate that the Blair plant could be sold out on its opening day."The new facility will be located adjacent to Cargills existing corn wet-milling operation. It will comprise a NatureWorks PLA manufacturing line and a lactic acid plant that will use dextrose from Cargills wet-milling operation. At capacity, the plant will produce 300 million pounds of NatureWorks PLA per year.

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