Theresa Lehman, director of sustainable services for WBIA member Miron Construction was recently interviewed in the Appleton Post-Crescent about the new green building trend. Miron Construction has been a leader in this field and has shown a deep commitment to renewable energy.
Lehman discusses the new biorefinery they are helping to in Park Falls at the Flambeau River Paper mill:
Miron Construction is involved with an innovative project in Park Falls with the Flambeau River Papers mill. What can you share about that?
As we all know, pulp and paper mills were the bread and butter for the Fox Valley at one time. But paper mills today are having a tough time in the global marketplace. What’s happening in Park Falls is a unique opportunity. What they’re doing is creating a process … taking wood mass and converting it into wax and biofuel.
It takes a tremendous amount of heat to do this and what they’ll be able to do is take the heat to create steam to generate electricity for the plant. This will save a lot of money and help the plant become more competitive.
It certainly is a step toward energy independence and the technology is something that can help paper mills be more competitive in the global marketplace.
This is a key project for the bio industry in Wisconsin. With an ample supply of biomass materials, Wisconsin is poised to be a leader in this area. The Flambeau River project will be the second largest biorefinery of its kind in the US.
We at the WBIA are proud to see one of our members contributing so successfully to building this sector of the bio industry.
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