Union Bulletin - Land purchase heralds ag-residue research complex near Dayton
DAYTON — Mark Lewis’ vision for a research and development complex on Wagon Road is one step closer to reality with the purchase of site last week for the operation.
The 3.2 acres formerly occupied by Columbia Cutstock will soon be home to Innovatio, an ag-residue innovation center, Lewis said. The complex is closely associated with Columbia Pulp, the 449-acre wheat and alfalfa straw pulp mill planned for construction later this spring near Starbuck.
Lewis is one of the people spearheading that multi-million-dollar project. His background as former manager of the University of Washington’s paper science and engineering department led him to Columbia County and his desire to find a sustainable use for the hundreds of thousands of tons of straw left after grain harvest on farms locally every year.