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February 9, 2022

CalPlant Announces New Chief Executive Officer

CalPlant welcomes new leadership as former Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Logistics, Gerina Freeman, steps up to lead the company as CEO WILLOWS, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2022) – CalPlant, manufacturer of Eureka™ MDF, the world’s first no-added-formaldehyde rice straw-based medium density fiberboard (MDF), has announced the transition of Gerina Freeman into the role of…

February 15, 2022

CalPlant I, LLC Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

Willows, CA. (Feb. 15, 2022) — CalPlant I, LLC announced today that it has earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Certified Biobased Product label. The products: Eureka™ MDF are now able to display a unique USDA label that highlights its percentage of biobased content. Third-party verification for a product’s biobased content is administered through…

January 2021

Straw-Building Movement Exits Huffing, Puffing Stage

Living Building Chronicle

It’s been a long, hard slog. But a California startup is on the cusp of manufacturing a product that could begin a reversal in the role buildings play in climate change.

January 2021

CalPlant Launches World’s First Rice Straw-Based MDF

The Merchant

CalPlant, a Northern Californa-based company focused on manufacturing sustainably-sourced building products, has begun production of the world’s first no-added-formaldehyde…

December 17, 2020

A World Without Waste?

How we produce, consume, and dispose of things is depleting natural resources and harming the planet. But what if we treated waste as a viable resource?

November 19, 2020

CalPlant Launches Eureka™, The World’s First Rice Straw-Based MDF

CalPlant, a Northern California-based company focused on manufacturing sustainably-sourced building products, announces the official launch of the world’s first no-added-formaldehyde, rice straw-based medium density fiberboard, Eureka™ MDF.

May 2020

CalPlant I Nears The Finish (Or Starting) Line


One of the many intriguing tales to emerge from the Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo held March 12-13 at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta was the plight…

March-April 2020

Green Builder Hot 50 Products

Green Builder Magazine

Read about us on Page 32: CalPlant’s MDF performs similar, and in some cases better than, traditional wood fiber-based product in terms of durability and moisture resistance. It’s ideal for…

December 2, 2019

CalPlant MDF Operation Expects to Begin Production in 2020


CalPlant I LLC (CalPlant), the $315 million rice straw-based MDF plant under construction in Willows, Calif., will begin production in the first quarter of 2020, according to CalPlant CEO Jerry…

November 20, 2019

CalPlant MDF Operation Expects to Begin Production In 2020

CalPlant, creator of revolutionary CalBoard medium density fiberboard, was founded with the sole purpose of creating and manufacturing agrifiber-focused building products for the 21st century.

Strategically located in the heart of the rice farming community in Willows, California, CalPlant promotes sustainable practices by producing CalBoard from renewable post-harvest rice straw.

November 20, 2019

BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2020

BuildingGreen | Brent Ehrlich

These innovative products reduce carbon emissions’ impacts and include energy-saving windows and insulation, plus low-carbon pavers, gypsum, and MDF.

November 20, 2019

BuildingGreen Reveals Top 10 Products for 2020

Architectural Record

CalPlant uses a local agricultural fiber (rice straw), whose disposal typically wastes water and generates greenhouse gases, to create a formaldehyde-free MDF with superior performance over similar wood-based products.

September 2019

New rice straw-based MDF plant set to start production in California

FDMC / WoodworkingNetwork | Karl D. Forth

A new rice straw-based MDF plant is now under construction north of Sacramento and is scheduled to begin production this fall. Construction of CalPlant I, the $315 million manufacturing plant…

September 3, 2019

Construction of CalPlant nears completion

Glenn County Transcript | Ruby Larson

Construction on a facility 20 years in the making is set to be complete in the fall. CalPlant 1 will be the world’s first commercial-scale producer of no-added-formaldehyde, rice straw-based…

August 7, 2019

CalPlant Launches Green MDF Made from Local Agro-Waste

Architect Magazine | Wanda Lau

As the first commercial-scale producer of rice straw–based, formaldehyde-free composite panels, the company will source raw material from within a 25-mile radius.