Stabenow, Vilsack tour biobased manufacturing facilities

More than 3,000 U.S.-companies are producing more than 25,000 biobased products made from renewable sources

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., kicked off her “Jobs of the Future” tour on August 6 at Ford Motor Co.’s biobased lab in Dearborn, Mich. Stabenow chairs the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. During the tour, she is meeting with Michigan business leaders to discuss initiatives to boost the state’s economy by helping innovative companies create new, high-tech jobs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined in the event.

Stabenow and Vilsack toured Ford’s Innovation and Research Laboratory, where the auto manufacturer’s biomaterials scientific team demonstrated how they produce a biobased foam using soy feedstock. The material is used in seat cushions in many Ford vehicles. Biobased products made by other manufacturers were also on display at the event.

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Tags: soybean, industrial chainsaws, chain bars, sprockets, USDA’s Biopreferred Program,


Biomass Magazine, 2012-08-08.


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