Bioplastics manufacturer Trellis Earth plans to move its manufacturing from China to Wilsonville.
The company plans to build a $10 million manufacturing facility on its site in 2012 to lower prices and compete with oil-based products.
The green-leaning company manufactures — in China at the moment — biodegradable bags, including trash liners and doggie bags, takeout containers and cutlery.
Trellis Earth sells $500,000 in products each month to approximately 500 customers on the West Coast as well as in New York and Connecticut, including 65 food distributors. All of the Fred Meyers in a three-state region use their cutlery. QFC, Cash & Carry and Trader Joes are also customers.
Trellis Earth is raising money to move two thirds of its manufacturing from China to its 33,000-square-foot facility at 9125 S.W. Ridder Road in Wilsonville. Bag manufacturing will remain oversees. The transition is expected to reduce the price point of their other bioplastic products, bringing costs level with oil-based, standard plastic competitors for cutlery and takeout containers, in particular.
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