NEENAH, WIS. — McMahon Associates, Inc., a professional engineering and architectural firm, is designing and overseeing the construction of the first-ever, zero-carbon wood substitute manufacturing plant for Corn Board Manufacturing Inc. (CBMI) in Sac County, Iowa.
McMahon is managing the project and designing the facility and partner C.D. Smith will provide construction services.
The facility will be used to convert corn stover biomass including leaves, stalks and husks, into an environmentally friendly wood alternative called CornBoard, which will be used to make pallets that weigh less but have the same structural integrity as traditional wood pallets.
According to Circular Supply Chains Inc., one million acres of forests in the U.S. are cut down to make pallets. Many of these pallets are only used one time and then are sent to a landfill where they take up more space, indicates a release, adding CBMI will create entirely recyclable pallets. Through its leasing program, the pallets will never end up in a landfill. When a company is done using them, they’re returned to the CBMI manufacturing facility where they are reused again or broken down, recycled and remade into another pallet, adds the release.
“CBMI is offering a truly innovative product that’s nothing like anything else on the market,” said Paul Benedict, president at McMahon, in a statement. “It’s a real game changer for the environment, jobs in rural America and additional revenue sources for farmers in the Corn Belt. A facility of this kind requires an extremely specialized team of experts working together to facilitate the production of the CornBoard pallet, which will be utilized by forward-thinking, environment-aware companies across the world. The team at McMahon, along with our talented partners, are uniquely positioned to design, build and manage a first-of-its-kind facility such as this.”