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Kent and Allegan Counties Sustainable Business Park becoming a reality securing anchor tenants


Anaergia and Continuus Materials propose $200 million investment.

The Kent County Department of Public Works envisions diverting 90-percent of waste at the 250-acre South Kent Landfill in Byron Center by the year 2030. The plan calls for incorporating private businesses recycling items onsite for new products and fuels supporting a “circular economy.”

Anchor tenants Anaergia and Continuus Materials have been identified and are proposing a $200 million investment.

James Condela is the Chief Executive Officer with Continuus Materials. A company that sees a future without waste.

“Our first product takes waste paper and plastic that would otherwise be landfilled and creates a building product which is a roof coverboard that’s used in low-slope roof applications.”

There’s a high demand in the commercial and industrial markets, think warehouses.

Yaniv Scherson is Chief Operating Officer for Anaergia, a global, renewable natural gas company.

“The fuel that we make from organic waste is among the only carbon-negative fuels in existence and it enables big companies like Amazon, UPS, city bus fleets to fuel their trucks.”

The State of Michigan recently committed $4 million supporting the build-out of critical infrastructure.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.