CalPlant I Gears Up For First Board

CalPlant I, the new rice straw-based MDF plant in Willows, Calif.,is starting up and commissioning all areas of the mill. This includes the straw preparation building, where 20 loaded straw trailers have been staged; the refiner and dryer area, where dust collection and pneumatic transfer is undergoing final calibration; the first truckload of pMDI glue has arrived; forming and pressing is beginning pneumatic transfer of fiber and commissioning of the press sizing systems; commissioning of the intermediate stacking, sanding and sawing system; and likewise for the spark detection and quenching system. First board production is anticipated during the first week of November.

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