Texas-based Corn Board Manufacturing last week announced plans to begin construction on a $30 million manufacturing plant near Odebolt that will transform corn stover biomass residue into shipping pallets.

In conjunction with Biobased Products Day March 8, company founder and CEO Lane Segerstrom, an Iowa native with roots in Sac County, confirmed that despite two years of delays due to the pandemic and associated supply chain disruptions, all systems are go to finally construct the 50,000-square-foot facility in 2023. 

The announcement was made at Landus Cooperative’s Des Moines office with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Iowa Economic Development Authority, Soylei Innovations, Iowa Corn, Iowa State University and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig on hand.

“We’re in a new era of creativity and excitement in agriculture,” said Segerstrom. “We were very close to breaking ground (in 2021) … and we...