Aloterra has established a vertically integrated agribusiness, which includes 4,000 acres of fast-growing Miscanthus grass and two processing facilities—all within the same rural Northeast Ohio community of Ashtabula. The woody fiber, which is almost identical to that of a hardwood tree, is transformed into sustainable materials, from biodegradable plates and food containers, to absorbent material for industrial use, to pellets for heat. It’s also a source for cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), a renewable source of biodegradable polymer additive that is stronger than Kevlar.
Business Website: http://www.aloterrallc.com/
Year Founded: 2011
Number of Employees: 11-50