Ecovative opens new mushroom packaging plant in NY
Ecovative officially opened its new Green Island, N.Y. plant.
Ecovative Design’s new plant in Green Island, N.Y., is officially open.
Co-founder and chief scientist Gavin McIntyre said the newly installed equipment went through a test run yesterday. Production at the 25,000-square-foot plant, located at 70 Cohoes Ave. in the Island Park industrial park, will begin within the next two weeks.
Ecovative’s mushroom technology is used to make packaging products for companies such as Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) and Steelcase Inc. (NASDAQ: SCS). The company's goal is to replace Styrofoam and other petroleum-based products used in packaging with its bio-friendly packaging.
State and local officials gathered at the new plant Monday for its official opening, as Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, cut an eco-friendly ribbon made by Ecovative. Ecovative is leasing the space from Galesi Group in Schenectady.
The plant is the prototype for at least two plants that Ecovative and partner Sealed Air Corp. (NYSE: SEE) plan to build in the next two years. The two companies announced in January a partnership to accelerate the production, sales and distribution of Ecovative’s EcoCradle Mushroom Packaging product.
Ecovative’s research and development work will remain at its current location just south of the new plant.
Ecovative was founded five years ago.
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