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Renewable Materials Summit: Emerging Markets in the Upper Midwest

The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota


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Registration: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Program: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event Description

Online registration has closed. Walk-ins will be accepted at the door with check or credit card payment. Renewable Materials provides exciting opportunities for economic growth across the Midwest, from the agriculture and forestry communities through manufacturing and retail. Renewable Materials Summit: Emerging Markets in the Upper Midwest will highlight and explore the developing and established markets for renewable materials, while examining and discussing issues confronted by industry. Please note, a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register by April 20th to receive Early-Bird Conference pricing of $50.

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The following topics will be covered:

  1. 'State of the Industry' in Renewable Materials
  2. Innovation in Plastics Supply Chain
  3. End Product Markets

    1. Retail and Consumer Products
    2. Health Care Markets
    3. Agricultural Equipment
    4. Building Components
    5. Automotive Parts
  4. Capital Needs for Emerging Renewable Materials Industries
  5. Regional Assets and Opportunities

Many thanks to our sponsors:
Premier Sponsors: Minnesota Corn Growers Association, North Dakota Corn Growers Association, the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.
Supporting Sponsors: AgCountry Farm Credit Services, NDSU Bio Energy and Products Innovation Center, Red River Valley Research Corridor, Cleantech Open, GVL Poly, MCG BioComposites, LLC, Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest, Faegre & Benson, LLP, and Biocomposite International Research.

Please contact Tim Welle at (952) 746-3845 if you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Renewable Materials Summit: Emerging Markets in the Upper Midwest
Sponsorship Information


Steve Davies, Public Relations Director, NatureWorks LLC; Doug Gries, Director of Marketing - Central Region, Cereplast; Pat Kenney, CEO, Green Harvest Technologies; Todd Leonard, Executive Director, Minnesota Angel Network; Jim Lunt, Jim Lunt LLC; Sam McCord, CEO/Founder, MCG BioComposites, LLC; Sean McKay, Executive Director, Composites Innovation Centre; Gary Noble, CEO, Bioplastics Solutions; Glenn Norton, Iowa State University; John Peterson, Engineering Director, AGCO; Chad Ulven, Asst. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University; Dale A. Wahlstrom, CEO, LifeScience Alley; Jeff Warner, Industrial Staff Scientist, Canadian Light Source, Inc.; Luca Zullo, PhD, VerdeNero LLC

Steve Davies leads communications & public affairs globally for NatureWorks LLC, a company formed with the unique mission of bringing to market a broad family (more)

Doug Gries - Bio coming soon.

Pat Kenney - Bio coming soon.

Todd Leonard is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Angel Network. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Leonard worked with a number of successful companies ranging (more)

Jim Lunt has spent over 40 years in the plastic's industry in Europe, North America and Asia. For the past 18 years he has been actively involved in the emerging (more)

Sam McCord leverages his years of experience in business operations of executive search, business development and strategic planning, site selection for new (more)

Sean McKay - Bio coming soon.

Gary Noble - Bio coming soon.

Glenn Norton received B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Earth and Environmental Sciences at Iowa State University. He has been employed at ISU for the past 30 years, (more)

John Peterson - Bio coming soon.

Chad Ulven - Bio coming soon.

Dale A. Wahlstrom serves as the CEO for The BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota (BBAM). BBAM is an industry led nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of (more)

Jeff Warner - Bio coming soon.

Luca Zullo, PhD - Bio coming soon.


The following topics will be addressed:

  • Renewable Materials Market Development


Courtyard Moorhead
1080 28th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
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