Kelowna-based developer Red Leaf Pulp Limited has announced its plans to build a $350M Wheat Straw Facility in Regina. The company stated that it will construct the facility on the west side of the city. Red Leaf Pulp will start working on the site in early 2022.
The company has stated that this will the first wheat-based pulp mill in the country and it will also create 110 permanent full-time jobs. Also, 250 workers will be employed to build the facility.
Wheat straw pulp is an environmentally friendly alternative to wood pulp and the Regina facility will be used to turn it into pulp for paper products.
Martin Pudlas, CEO of Red Leaf Pulp, stated:
“Our project provides an opportunity to enhance the utilization of existing resources and diversify revenue sources in the ag industry while creating a lower carbon future.”
Regina Mayor Sandra Masters believes that this project will bring many benefits to Regina.
“This facility allows our city continued diversified growth in the urban-agricultural economy. It will highlight innovation in one of our core industries, maximize crop value in an environmentally sustainable way and provide valuable jobs in the low carbon energy sector.”
Besides Red Pulp, two more companies also are expected to arrive in Regina. Viterra and Cargill have said that they plan to build canola crushing facilities in the city as well.