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By Michele Smith
The Times 

Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant at Pomeroy is a Beehive of Activity

Smaller facility will provide training for employees at the larger Lyons Ferry facility


Michele Smith

An employee at the Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant in Pomeroy works next to a new boiler, which will provide steam for the straw-to-pulp conversion process.

POMEROY--The Columbia Pulp Pilot Plant, located at the Port of Garfield in Pomeroy, is a hub of activity.

"It's busy here, which is good. It's what we want," said Kyler Lovgren, maintenance manager at the plant.

Lovgren said that about 20 people are currently working at the pilot plant.

"It's moving fast. A couple of months ago we had hardly any equipment, and now it looks like this," he said pointing to all of the workers and complicated machinery.

So far, Lovgren said, there have been no injuries or incidents in the 6,000 hours clocked at the plant. "That's something we're really proud of...

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