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Media Advisory No. 5086.12
Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
Media Advisory: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to Highlight How Biobased Products are Bringing Back Manufacturing, Creating Jobs in Wisconsin
Vilsack to tour Virent’s bioproducts facility
WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 – TODAY, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will highlight how manufacturing products from biobased materials can create jobs across the country and is part of a broader biobased economy helping support President Obama’s “all-of-the-above approach to American energy. Vilsack will visit Virent, a Madison, Wisconsin company that is working to replace packaging materials previously produced from fossil fuels with materials made entirely from plant-based feedstocks. Virent recently signed agreements with the Coca-Cola Company; Virent’s biobased chemical Paraxylene will allow for a 100 percent renewable, recyclable bottle. USDA previously provided funding to help Virent conduct research on high-value chemical production from biodiesel-derived glycerol.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
9:30 a.m. CDT
WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will highlight how manufacturing products from bio-based materials is creating jobs during a visit to Virent, a Madison, Wisconsin company that is working to replace packaging materials previously produced from fossil fuel with materials made entirely from plant-based feedstocks.
WHERE: Virent Energy Systems
3571 Anderson Street
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