Arlanxeo lands. Aerial photography of project area. (Photo provided in report to Sarnia council.)

Council Gives Green Light To Bio-Chemical Plant

Sarnia council is applauding plans for a bio-based feedstock company from California to build its first bio-chemical manufacturing facility in Sarnia.

City council approved official plan and zoning bylaw amendments from Arlanxeo Canada for its property at 1265 Vidal St. S at a public meeting Monday.

The applicant intends to sell property to Sacramento-based Origin Materials for construction of a plant that will convert wood fibres into chemicals that can be used to produce plastics and other products.

“This is such a good news story,” councillor Anne Marie Gillis said during Monday’s meeting. “The fact that we are having someone who has, as I understand it, set up a pilot plant at the research park and now has located in the city is a real win, win, all the way around.

The site to be acquired by Origin, was previously used by the Polymer Corporation for a synthetic rubber production facility, dating back to 1943.