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FARIBAULT TO PRODUCE LINE USING CORN-DERIVED FIBER.

FARIBAULT, Minn.-Faribault Woolen Mill Co. is partnering with Cargill Dow LLC to manufacture wool blankets and throws using NatureWorks PLA, a fiber derived from corn, also called polylactide.

"We chose to explore and develop PLA into usable products for the home textiles arena, initially manufacturing woven blankets and throws, because of PLA's biodegradable properties, and the fact that it is made from a renewable resource," said Michael Harris, president and chief executive officer of Faribault.

The use of the fiber makes the products soft and comfortable, according to Harris, who added that the company is manufacturing a 100 percent PLA blanket and a blended mixture of wool and PLA. The products are targeted to department stores and the high-end hospitality market and will be shipped in the second half of the year.

Faribault is not the only one interested in PLA. Pacific Coast Feather last May launched its NatureWorks fiber line of basic bedding products, including pillows, comforters, mattress pads and fiberbeds under its Generations brand.

In June, Cargill Dow opened a new plant in Blair, Neb., which is capable of producing more than 300 million pounds of NatureWorks PLA per year and uses up to 40,000 bushels of locally grown corn per day.
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Title Annotation:Faribault Woolen Mill Co. partners with Cargill Dow L.L.C.
Comment:FARIBAULT TO PRODUCE LINE USING CORN-DERIVED FIBER.(Faribault Woolen Mill Co. partners with Cargill Dow L.L.C.)
Author:Leizens, Leticia
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 27, 2003
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