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Bioplastics company Solaplast puts plant in operation

catfishMERIDIAN — Solaplast, a company that converts algae from commercial catfish ponds into plastics, has opened a plant in Lauderdale County.

The company is a division of Algix LLC in Athens, Georgia.

CEO Mike Van Drunen, who along with other company representatives hosted an open house of the facility on Friday, says the plant will produce millions of pounds of bioplastic resin, which will then be shipped to factories to be used in their products.

Van Drunen says the company expects to provide up to 100 jobs over the next three years.

Algix also has a facility in Marion Junction, Alabama.

 

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