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CalPlant’s story begins with two men, Jerry Uhland and Jim Boyd, each having deep roots in the rice industry and a vision for solving a problem. Fast forward 25 years, and their vision is revolutionizing the MDF industry.

The Journey to Eureka

1991

When the State of California mandated the phasing out of field-burning, rice growers—Jerry Uhland included—turned to flooding to aid the straw’s decomposition. As he implemented the method himself, Uhland sensed this development would permanently change the industry.

CalPlant’s Economic Impact at a Glance

140full-time positions at the plant
500part-time jobs created during straw harvest
800ancillary jobs created in the region
$15-$20 millionin estimated annual savings for rice growers supplying straw
300+construction jobs created while building the plant
25-30truckloads of MDF to be shipped per day
30%of California’s current MDF demand could be supplied by annual plant output
280Ktons of post-harvest rice straw waste recovered annually

Supporting Our Community

CalPlant’s 276-acre manufacturing site is strategically located in Willows, California, in the heart of the Sacramento Valley. This area produces 20% of the rice in the United States, amounting to 1.5 million tons of rice straw every year. Using this as raw material CalPlant sources its rice straw from within an average 25-mile radius, ensuring that this revolutionary product benefits its immediate community.

Invested in a Better Future

Striving to go beyond sustainability, CalPlant’s Eureka MDF represents a drive to steward resources well and contribute to a better future for the Willows community, our country, and the planet. Because rice straw is annually renewable, CalPlant will transform an environmental burden into something of value, year after year. CalPlant’s reclamation of approximately 20% of the Sacramento Valley’s rice straw waste will significantly reduce the levels of water that would have been diverted from regional waterways to flood rice fields after harvest. Fewer flooded fields also means lower methane emissions due to the straw’s decomposition over the winter.

Environmental Certifications, Standards & Labels

We believe our rice straw-based MDF will be the most sustainable MDF on the planet. But we don’t expect you to take our word for it. Commencing with startup and continuing over several months, CalPlant will be pursuing these certifications, material ingredient labels and third-party verification of our environmentally advanced MDF: