PHA producer Danimer Scientific is planning a $700 million investment to considerably expand its Bainbridge, Georgia production site, said Georgia governor Brian P. Kemp in a statement 29 March. Kemp thanked the company for investing in the region, adding that the plans were a ‘testament to the increasing focus Georgia is putting on sustainability and innovation’.
The plan will nearly quadruple Danimer’s workforce in Decatur County.
Danimer has been headquartered in Bainbridge for over a decade. The company, which currently employs more than 100 people, is a leading producer of PHA, a renewable and sustainable family of biopolymers which it sells under the brand name Nodax. Applications for Nodax PHA include additives, aqueous coatings, fibres, filaments, films, hot-melt adhesives, and injection-moulded articles.
“Georgia has been a welcoming home for Danimer since the company’s inception, and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue growing our roots in the region,” said Stephen Croskrey, CEO of Danimer Scientific.
The expansion plans comprise the construction of an additional 2,000,000-square-foot facility near Danimer’s current 25-acre campus, located at 140 Industrial Boulevard in Bainbridge. The company will hire for technical positions and careers in production.
“Reducing the environmental impacts of plastic waste is one of the most critical issues facing the world today, so we are proud to welcome home a project that will play a key role in solving it,” said Rick McCaskill, executive director of the Development Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County. “We look forward to supporting Danimer Scientific in bringing this innovative technology from Decatur County to the rest of the world.”