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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Columbia Pulp Celebrates Official Groundbreaking and Site Tour

The plant is credited as the first in North America to make paper products from straw


October 5, 2017

Michele Smith

Visitors toured the Columbia Pulp Lyons Ferry Pulp Plant on Wednesday for a Grand Opening and tour of the site, followed by celebration and reception at the Dayton Fairgrounds Pavilion. Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley is shown wearing a construction vest at the far right.

STARBUCK - Three buses carrying community leaders, stakeholders, members of the media and other well-wishers left the fairgrounds last Wednesday for a one-hour tour of the Columbia Pulp Lyons Ferry Pulp Plant. The tour was followed by a celebration and reception at the fairgrounds and an evening celebration at Woody's Bar & Grill.

Eveleen Muehlethaler, a senior advisor at Columbia Pulp, was onboard Bus No.2 to give an overview of the project, provide an updated timeline, and answer questions.

She said Columbia Pulp broke ground on August 10, and is expected to be operational in October...

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