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DuPont and Tate & Lyle Build Large Corn-Based Chemical Plant
A new $100-million manufacturing plant to support new corn-based polymers is now under construction in Loudon, Tennessee, under a joint venture of DuPont and Tate & Lyle. The new plant will convert corn into a chemical called 1,3 propanediol, or PDO for short. The companies call the new product Bio-PDO, and will use it to produce DuPont Sorona polymer, which can be used to produce clothing, carpeting, plastics, and other products. According to the companies, the production of Bio-PDO consumes 30 to 40 percent less energy than producing PDO from petroleum; producing 100 million pounds of Bio-PDO in the Loudon plant will save the energy equivalent to 10 million gallons of gasoline per year. See the Tate & Lyle press release.
The two companies announced their joint venture last year. At that time the companies said they would build a plant by 2006. See the article from the June 2nd, 2004, edition of the EERE Network News.