Corn-based plastic developed in Decatur could lead to new plant, but where?

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DECATUR — A pilot plant here at Archer Daniels Midland Co. is helping researchers figure out how to build a commercial-scale manufacturing plant for a plastic derived from corn, and local officials hope its location in Decatur could be a leg up for attracting the real thing nearby.

The new plastic technology, developed in partnership with the chemical giant DowDuPont, would be sold to primarily to soda bottlers that could combine it with traditional, cheaper petroleum-based plastics and still come up with a lighter, more resilient bottle that can stay on store shelves longer.

The work to scale up the production process isn’t finished yet, but DowDuPont, which will be producing and selling the final product, appears confident. Read more>