GOV IVEY: RESOURCE FIBER PLANS GROUND-BREAKING BAMBOO MANUFACTURING PLANT IN ALABAMA
MONTGOMERY, AL – Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Resource Fiber, a national leader in efforts to manufacture commercial bamboo products, plans to establish its first full-scale production plant in Alabama as part of a project that will create 111 jobs in Sulligent.
Resource Fiber plans to invest $3.6 million in the Lamar County facility, where it will produce engineered bamboo products such as bamboo nail laminated timbers used in the construction of multi-storied buildings.
“Resource Fiber’s decision to locate its production facility in Sulligent is great news for the city and for Alabama,” Governor Ivey said. “This positions our state at the forefront in the commercialization of innovative bamboo products while creating good jobs in Lamar County.”
INSIDE CLIMATE NEWS: THE RADICAL CASE FOR GROWING HUGE SWATHS OF BAMBOO IN NORTH AMERICA
The grass has a bad rap in the U.S. as an invasive nuisance, but the plant can quickly sequester at least double—and maybe even six times—the amount of carbon as a similar stand of trees.
Alabama knows Marsha Folsom, the former state first lady, is trying. On a 100-degree day last June, Folsom threw a slew of bamboo product samples in her black patent leather bag, tossed it in the back of her Lexus, and drove downstate to meet me at a truck stop in Eutaw, Alabama, 90 miles south of Birmingham. From there, we made our way along 20 minutes of back roads to Resource Fiber, a 100-acre nursery that’s currently the largest bamboo growing operation in North America. Folsom and her business partners call it “the genesis of the domestic bamboo supply chain.”