firm Fiberight LLC is beginning construction of its waste processing
facility in Marion, Iowa. “We are now building,” said Craig Stuart-Paul,
chief executive of the company, noting that workers are scheduled to be
onsite April 7.
On March 20, the Marion City Council approved a resolution to
establish a development agreement with Fiberight, which includes tax
increment financing (TIF) payments not to exceed $850,000. Prior to the
vote, the city council held a brief public hearing on the matter.
Development of the waste processing facility is expected to support the
creation of 27 new jobs in the community.
Stuart-Paul noted that the development agreement with Marion is one
of several fundraising components that are now allowing the project to
move forward. “The biggest issue for us has just been money, but we’ve
been able to stitch together a bunch of equity and tax credits, tax
incentives, grants and loans to make it a reality,” he said, commenting
on Fiberight’s journey to develop its commercial scale waste-to-ethanol
The Marion facility will be one element of the company’s hub and
spoke approach. According to Stuart-Paul, Winbco has been selected as
the general contractor for the project, while Amec was named
construction management engineer.
“We are providing an alternative waste disposal solution for the city
of Marion and Cedar Rapids,” Stuart-Paul said. Trucks will deliver
trash to the facility, where it will be partially process before it is
shipped to the Blairstown facility for conversion into ethanol. In
addition to isolating biofuel feedstock from municipal solid waste (MSW)
Fiberight’s technology also separates recyclable components, such as
plastics and metals. The company is in negotiations to build a similar
waste recycling plant in Iowa City.
Both the Marion waste sorting facility and the Blairstown ethanol
plant are expected to be operational this year. Stuart-Paul noting that
his company has more than 4,000 hours of experience operating the
technology, which was gained as its demonstration facility in Virginia.
“We know that all of the unit operations, the integration, all the core
elements work very well,” he said.