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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.