Tranlin breaks ground on $2B plant in Chesterfield County
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Shandong Tranlin Paper, a leading pulp and paper company, has broken ground on its first U.S. operation, a $2 billion advanced manufacturing plant in Chesterfield County. The investment represents the largest Chinese investment and job creation project in Virginia history and is the largest Chinese greenfield economic development project in the U.S. The project will create 2,000 jobs by 2020.
Tranlin will not use fiber derived from trees to make its paper products, including tissue and tableware. Instead, it will buy agricultural byproducts from farmers, such as wheat and corn stalks leftover after harvest. The factory will produce an organic fertilizer that can be returned to farm fields, and the company plans to open a demonstration field where farmers and homeowners can learn how to use the fertilizer.
Tranlin’s new manufacturing facility will have economic benefits throughout the agriculture sector. The project will provide farmers opportunities to derive additional income from their land and equipment. The harvest of straw and corn stalks for use by Tranlin will be new cash crops for Virginia producers. The harvest of these agricultural residuals is compatible with the Chesapeake Bay-friendly no-till crop production practices producers are already using.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch