Central Alberta Site chosen for North America’s First Straw-based MDF Plant

Great Plains MDF

(Equity, AB) – Great Plains MDF is pleased to announce that it has selected Kneehill County to build North America’s first straw-based MDF plant.

The site is located in Equity, AB between Three Hills and Trochu, AB. The three-quarters sections of land will house the proposed facility as well as its on-site storage of wheat straw. The site is approximately 90 kms from Red Deer, AB and 140 kms from Calgary, AB. It will bring hundreds of jobs into the local economy.

“This is a very exciting step forward for our project, our team, and of course Central Alberta. said Brian McLeod, the President of Great Plains Innovations. “This announcement demonstrates our commitment to local farmers and allows us to move forward with the permitting process.”

“Anytime we can get employment opportunities in Central Alberta is just great. The community is poised for growth. The economic impact for our communities in Kneehill County will be so exciting.” said Barry Kletke, Mayor, Town of Trochu.

The company entered into purchase agreements with two landowners to complete the sale later this year. As part of the purchase agreement, Great Plains has committed to allowing both families to plant, farm and harvest their land for one last season.

“This was an important request from the families and was a great opportunity for Great Plains to demonstrate our commitment to the local farming communities with whom we will be partnering with for decades to come,” McLeod said.

The Great Plains development plan will see Great Plains pursuing permitting with all the appropriate regulators (Government of Alberta, local municipality) in the coming months with construction beginning in the Fall of 2021.