Ultra Green, a manufacturer of environmentally friendly, biodegradable products, plans to open a wheat straw pulping and molding factory in Devils Lake, North Dakota, with a promise to eventually create as many as 400 jobs in the northern part of the state.
The firm plans to begin production at its straw pulp manufacturing and molding facility by the end of the year initially hiring more than 100 workers. Ultra Green sells eco-friendly paper products produced from plant fibers found in wheat, bamboo and sugarcane. The firm sells more than 100 products including; pizza pans, serving ware, plates, bake ware, and bowls, which will all be manufactured in the new factory.
"We are extremely excited to bring manufacturing jobs to Devils Lake, and be the first company in the US to manufacture biodegradable, compostable and sustainable bakeable food service products made from wheat straw." said Mack Traynor, CEO of Ultra Green. "Having the factory here will open much larger markets for millions of `Made in the USA' Ultra Green products. "
"Ultra Green did a nationwide search for the best place to locate its new operation and we are very proud that Devils Lake was selected due to its close proximity to an abundance of wheat straw, adequate supply of water and an economic development environment that can compete with any city in the nation" said Mayor Dick Johnson. "This product meets many of our requirements for economic development in the state of North Dakota. It combines manufacturing and agricultural products to serve a growing green marketplace need." Devils Lake Economic Development and the State will offer economic incentives depending on the amount of jobs created.