Oct 26, 2012 Issues: Economy

BAINBRIDGE, GA – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) joined S. Blake Lindsey, CEO and President of Meredian, State Representative Jay Powell, Mayor Ed Reynolds, USDA Representative Donnie Thomas, County Commissioner Dr. Charles Stafford, Meredian management, staff, investors, and customers at a grand opening ceremony and tour of the Meredian PHA Pilot Plant in Bainbridge, Georgia.

“It is a great day for Bainbridge and Southwest Georgia!” said Congressman Bishop. “A city with a history of supporting new initiatives and bold ideas, Bainbridge has once again supported the growth of capital in Southwest Georgia. Meredian is one of the shining lights in our community, and it is success stories like this in Bainbridge that will propel our nation forward and strengthen our economy for the future.”

Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is a highly functional bioplastic made from renewable and natural resources. Meredian’s new plant is the largest bioplastics facility in the world, featuring 190,000 square feet of manufacturing space with expected production rates exceeding 300,000 tons per year and an estimated 150% growth in jobs over the next 24 months. With $32 million in community investment to date, Congressman Bishop’s office assisted Meredian in getting loan support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For a picture of yesterday’s event, please click here.