Origin Materials moving development facility to research park

A California-based bio-chemical company set to open a commercial-scale demonstration plant in 2018 at the Arlanxeo site in Chemical Valley is already expanding in Sarnia.

It was announced this week that Origin Materials is moving a pilot plant it purchased from Tennessee-based Eastman Chemicals to the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park, next to Modeland Road.

Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, a government-funded agency based in Sarnia, said in a news release it is supporting the $6-million pilot plant project in partnership with Lambton College and the research park.

“We’re quite excited about it,” Origin Materials CEO John Bissell said Wednesday.

“We really wanted to establish what we’ve been calling a ‘beachhead’ in Sarnia.”