Image Industries|Clarksdale, MS

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Oct 2021

Project: Equipment and working capital to assist a stud welding manufacturing company

Image Industries, Inc. is a second generation, family-owned stud welding manufacturer formed in 1976 that moved its operations from the suburbs of Chicago, IL to rural Clarksdale, MS in late 2019 by purchasing a vacant 1420,000 SF facility. Image products are produced from steel which contains a minimum of 85% recycled content, resulting in an estimated 1 million pounds of recycled steel being utilized annually at the facility which is located within a Persistent Poverty County with a 23.2% unemployment rate.

CommCare Natchitoches|Natchitoches, LA

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: May 2021

Project: Acquisition and construction of an approximately 72,000 sq. ft. skilled nursing facility

CommCare, a Louisiana-based non-profit that operates 14 skilled nursing facilities in the state, built a new, $24 million skilled nursing facility to provide vital nursing, therapy and pharmacy services to primarily low to moderate-income people. The new facility is specifically designed to carry out CommCare’s person-centered care initiatives which involves transforming the atmosphere of the traditional long-term care center to direct choice, dignity, and purpose for the residents. In addition to providing 125 full-time jobs, the project is expected to serve 112 patients annually with an estimated 80% being Medicare or Medicaid dependent.

Petosky Plastics|McKinney, TX

Industry: Recycling | Close Date: July 2021

Project: Manufacturer of plastic products from recycled content

Petoskey Plastics is a family-owned, environmentally-focused recycler and manufacturer of plastic film, bags and resin. Petoskey was actively recruited by McKinney, TX officials to renovate a vacant facility in a Severely Distressed low-income community and to provide high-wage skilled jobs for local residents. The McKinney facility will utilize over 10MM pounds of recycled plastic content per year, diverting it from landfills.

TemperPack|Richmond, VA

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jan 2021

Project: Equipment to expand a manufacturer of sustainable insulated shipping containers

TemperPack manufactures innovative, sustainable, insulated shipping containers (primarily for meal kit and healthcare deliveries). TemperPack is a rapidly growing employer in a Severely Distressed Opportunity Zone in a Persistent Poverty County. Their ClimaCell products replace non-recyclable Styrofoam and plastic. ClimaCell is specifically designed to be recycled alongside cardboard, with a 93% recycling rate.

DWELLinz|Thomaston, GA

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Dec 2020

Project: Manufacturer of components used in shipping container homes

DWELLinz is a startup manufacturer of components used in affordable, durable, homes using shipping container frames. The highly energy efficient homes can also withstand category 4 hurricanes. DWELLinz will help Southern coastal areas with post-disaster affordable housing initiatives. The facility is in a Severe Distress, Non-Metro Opportunity Zone with 57% median income and 19% unemployment.

AAC East, LLC|Bennettsville, SC

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Sept 2020

Project: Manufacturer of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)

AAC East, LLC is a start-up manufacturer of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC). AAC is LEED certified and offers numerous superior environmental and green building benefits, in particular when compared to traditional concrete. The facility is located in a rural Severely Distressed Opportunity Zone in a Persistent Poverty County that has been designated as a priority for economic development in SC.

Express Grain Terminals|Greenwood, MS

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: July 2020

Project: Expansion of an agricultural processing plant providing soybean oil for biodiesel production.

Express Grain Terminals (EGT) is a family owned and operated agricultural product processor located in Leflore County. Leflore is a Persistent Poverty County in the MS Delta and has suffered from extreme poverty and high unemployment for generations. EGT will double its processing capacity, benefiting local soybean farmers, the number one crop produced in MS, while also increasing the amount of soybean oil available for biodiesel production.

Audubon Metals Texas|Corsicana, TX

Industry: Recycling | Close Date: June 2020

Project: State-of-the-art scrap metal recycling facility

For over 20 years, Audubon Metals has successfully recycled metals, in particular low-value aluminum scrap and zorba sourced from the auto industry, at their facility in Henderson, KY. Audubon Metals sought capital to support their expansion into their second location in Corsicana, TX, a rural community which suffers from a lack of high quality jobs. The new recycling facility was actively recruited by the City of Corsicana and will create much needed economic momentum in the region as the first anchor tenant for the City’s industrial park.

Fred Netterville Lumber Co.|Woodville, MS

Industry: Efficiency Improvements | Close Date: June 2020

Project: Efficiency improvements at a hard wood lumber mill

Netterville Lumber is a family owned and operated hardwood lumber mill founded in 1968 and is the largest employer for this rural Persistent Poverty County. Netterville’s mill was damaged extensively by fire and was seeking capital to restore capacity and rebuild more efficiently, reducing energy usage by 45%.

RWDC Industries|Athens, GA

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: April 2020

Project: Manufacturer of biodegradable plastics

RWDC is an early stage manufacturer of biodegradable plastic from renewable feedstock such as waste cooking oil. RWDC is located in a tier 1 priority area for economic development in GA and a Severely Distressed LIC suffering from 36.3% poverty, 42.47% median family income and 15.3% employment. RWDC’s products replace single use petrochemical plastic coatings commonly used in paper food packaging, such as coffee cups, with a biodegradable alternative.

Danimer Scientific|Winchester, KY

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Nov 2019

Project: Manufacturer of biodegradable plastics

Danimer Scientific is a pioneer in manufacturing biodegradable plastics. Danimer’s products help large consumer product companies transition away from single use plastic food packaging derived from petrochemicals to renewable plastics, such as for chip bags, water bottles and straws. Danimer’s first large scale manufacturing facility is located in a recently vacated plant in an industrial park, reviving local hope for growth of the emerging technology sector in the region.

Mountaineer Mechanized|Southern WV

Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Aug 2019

Project: Environmentally-sound, modern logging business

Mountaineer Mechanized (MM) is a startup sustainable logging business introducing modern logging systems to rural communities in Southern West Virginia. Use of MM’s advanced logging practices significantly improves worker safety, job quality and wages. MM’s methods also protect WV’s natural resources, including maintaining forest health by reducing road density, soil erosion and compaction, and stream sedimentation.

Vidalia Mills|Vidalia, LA

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Sep 2018

Project: Manufacturer of eco-friendly textiles

Vidalia Mills (VM) is a startup denim manufacturer producing high-quality fabrics using sustainable and eco-friendly processes. VM is located in a Persistent Poverty County in a rural, low-income community with high unemployment. VM procures its cotton from local farmers who are compliant with the E3 Sustainable Cotton program. VM’s highly-efficient equipment will make VM cleaner and more efficient than virtually all existing U.S. textile mills.

Norfolk YMCA|Norfolk, NE

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Aug 2018

Project: Renovation and expansion of a non-profit community facility

The Norfolk Family YMCA (YMCA) is renovating and expanding its existing community facility, more than doubling its square footage, increasing membership and services offered. With more than 8,100 members, the YMCA is the centerpiece of rural Norfolk and the only indoor-recreational facility within an eight-county region of rural northeast Nebraska. The YMCA serves all age groups and abilities and is particularly committed to supporting individuals with mental and/or physical challenges or struggling with substance abuse. The YMCA does not turn anyone away for an inability to pay.

Express Biodiesel|Greenwood, MS

Industry: Clean Energy | Close Date: May 2018

Project: Manufacturer of biodiesel from soybean and waste poultry oils

Express Biodiesel (EGB) built a new plant to produce up to 15 million gallons per year of biodiesel from locally sourced soybean oil and waste poultry processing oils. EGB is family owned and operated in Leflore County, a Persistent Poverty County in the MS Delta, a region that has suffered from extreme poverty and high unemployment for generations. When used as vehicle fuel, biodiesel produces significantly lower emissions than petroleum diesel.

Stony Creek Colors|Springfield, TN

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Dec 2017

Project: Manufacturer of unique plant-based natural dyes

Stony Creek Colors (SCC) is an innovative, early-stage manufacturer of plant-based indigo dyes for the denim industry. Traditional petroleum-based fabric dyes are a major cause of textile industry water pollution. SCC’s all-natural dyes are made from renewable plant resources, not toxic chemicals, and SCC’s natural indigo dye will offset approximately 145 railcars of hazardous chemicals per year. About 20 regional tobacco farmers grow indigo for SCC, providing a necessary diversification crop. Located in a dormant tobacco factory, SCC is leading the revitalization of a once-prominent, but now largely vacant, industrial corridor.

Jones County School|Trenton, NC

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Dec 2017

Project: Construction of a new K-12 LEED platinum public school

The Jones County School District (JCSD) is constructing a new K-12 public school located in rural Trenton, NC. The JCSD serves approximately 720 students, 79% of whom received free or reduced lunch and 57% of whom are minorities. The JCSD struggled to maintain and operate their aging education facilities, resulting in a financial drain on already limited resources for this rural community and forcing students to attend schools in poor physical condition. The new K-12 public school is designed to exceed LEED platinum standards, will be one of the “greenest” school buildings in the U.S., and will save the JCSD thousands per year in operating costs.

Carbon Conversions|Lake City, SC

Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Jul 2017

Project: Expansion of a carbon fiber recycling facility

Carbon Conversions (CCI) is the only commercially viable recycler of carbon fiber in the U.S. CCI creates vital jobs for Lake City, SC, a region which faced 20.7% employment. Due to its strength and light weight, carbon fiber is increasingly replacing metals in the aircraft and automotive industries. There are currently few options for recycling carbon scrap, so it frequently piles up in storage facilities or landfills. Recycling carbon fiber uses 95% less energy and generates 95% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to manufacturing virgin carbon fiber from petrochemicals.

PeroxyChem|Memphis, TN

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jul 2017

Project: Manufacturer of innovative wastewater treatment product

PeroxyChem’s flagship large scale facility will produce an innovative peracetic-acid based wastewater treatment product, VigorOx WWT II, for the city of Memphis and surrounding communities. VigorOX replaces chlorine gas, a common wastewater treatment chemical which is highly toxic to both humans and aquatic life. This cost-effective solution can help cash-strapped cities across the nation that are struggling with the need to replace chlorination systems.

EnviraPAC|Monticello, AR

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jun 2017

Project: Startup manufacturer of a renewable substitute for carbon black

EnviraPAC constructed their first commercial scale manufacturing plant in a rural community with high unemployment and poverty rates. EnviraPAC developed a biomass-based, renewable substitute for carbon black, a petroleum-based carbon filler used by the rubber and plastics industries. EnviraPAC’s biomass-based alternative will offset approximately five tons of carbon dioxide for every ton of carbon powder it supplies to the market.

Husqvarna Plastics|Nashville, AR

Industry: Efficiency Improvements | Close Date: May 2017

Project: Manufacturing facility modernization and solar panel installation

Husqvarna Group expanded and modernized its plastics components manufacturing facility located in a rural low income community in Nashville, Arkansas. This included a solar power generation plant of 1.3 MW that significantly reduced the CO2 footprint of the facility.

Nemak USA|Sylacauga, AL

Industry: Efficiency Improvements | Close Date: Apr 2017

Project: Re-opening and modernizing a manufacturer of fuel-efficient auto parts

Nemak is a manufacturer of lightweight fuel-efficient auto parts. Nemak’s older plant used obsolete technology and was forced to close a year earlier. Nemak wanted to reopen and modernize the plant as well as reduce air emissions. Nemak is the second largest employer in a rural community that has experienced thousands of job losses in the textile industry and suffered from high unemployment. 95% of the aluminum raw material used by Nemak is recycled and the company is expanding its production of electric vehicle components.

Euro USA|Paris, TN

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Mar 2017

Project: Manufacturer of steel laminations for high-efficiency motors

Euro USA manufactures steel laminations for high-efficiency motors used in a variety of products, including electric vehicles. Expansion of the facility increased the number of high-quality manufacturing jobs in a severely distressed rural community which had high poverty, low incomes and high unemployment.

Salvation Army Center|Birmingham, AL

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Aug 2016

Project: New community facility serving low-income people

The Salvation Army of Birmingham (SA) constructed a new Center of Hope to expand their service offerings, including emergency and transitional housing, workforce development, education services, life skills training career center including GEDs, meal services, and an administration building. Over 13,000 people benefit from SA’s services annually and 100% of these are low‐income individuals. SA’s operations divert thousands of tons of waste per year from landfills, including recycling about 2.8mm pieces per year of various consumer goods. The Center also incorporated numerous LEED efficiency features.

Knauf Insulation|Lanett, AL

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Dec 2015

Project: Insulation manufacturer using recycled glass

Knauf, a manufacturer of insulation to increase energy efficiency, expanded their existing manufacturing facility to meet increased demand. Lanett is a rural community which suffered from high unemployment and thousands of job losses due to the decline of the U.S. textile industry. Knauf’s fiberglass insulation is manufactured with about 50% recycled glass content and their unique biomass-based ECOSE technology eliminates the use of formaldehyde and phenol, significantly improving indoor air quality (benefiting consumers) while also reducing manufacturing plant emissions (benefiting employees and the local community).

NC Renewable Power|Lumberton, NC

Industry: Clean Energy | Close Date: Nov 2015

Project: Biomass power plant using poultry litter and wood waste

NC Renewable Power (NCRP) retrofit a dormant coal-fired power plant to a 25MW renewable energy power plant utilizing locally sourced poultry litter and wood waste. The NCRP plant is located in rural Robeson County, one of NC’s poorest areas and a region dominated by large scale poultry production. Water runoff from poultry litter pollutes local waterways. NCRP’s use of poultry litter helps local farmers and removes a significant amount of poultry litter from the community. NCRP is only the second utility scale power plant in the U.S. utilizing a high percentage of poultry litter.

Express Grain Terminals|Sidon, MS

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Nov 2015

Project: Agricultural processing plant expanding into soybeans and biodiesel

Express Grain Terminals (EGT) is a family owned and operated agricultural product processor and storage terminal located in Leflore County. Leflore is a Persistent Poverty County and has suffered from extreme poverty and high unemployment for generations. Founded in 2007 by local entrepreneurs, EGT improves the logistics for agricultural grain production in the Mississippi Delta, benefiting local farmers. EGT has expanded and purchased a closed cottonseed mill, rehiring about 50 workers.

Lextran Transit Authority|Lexington, KY

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Jun 2015

Project: Public transportation headquarters and service center

Lextran, an affiliate of the public transit authority of the Lexington area, consolidated its operational and administration services into one location to include a new LEED silver certified corporate headquarters. The new facility consolidated all operations into one location, increased bus maintenance bays, and provided a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The Project provides more efficient public transportation services to almost 5 million riders per year, approximately 68% of whom have yearly household income below $20,000. Additionally, the new facility hastened the conversion of Lextran’s bus fleet from diesel to natural gas, reducing harmful emissions.

Goodwill Campus|Charlotte, NC

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Jan 2015

Project: New campus for non-profit community center

Goodwill Industries of Southern Piedmont (GISP) constructed a new LEED Silver certified non-profit community center, the Goodwill Opportunity Campus (Campus). The new Campus enabled GISP to expand their services by over 65%, including job training. GISP provides services to over 15,000 individuals per year, with over 1,800 being connected with new jobs annually. GISP recycles and diverts millions of pounds of consumer goods and electronics from local landfills annually.

American Process|Thomaston, GA

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Dec 2014

Project: Biomass advanced manufacturing facility

American Process (API) is a biomass research, development and demonstration facility located in an economically-depressed rural community with high unemployment. API provides high quality skilled jobs to the predominantly blue-collar local workforce. API’s proprietary process cost-effectively breaks down biomass into cellulosic sugar for the production of bio-fuels and bio-chemicals and nanocellulose. Nanocellulose is an incredibly versatile material that could replace a variety of petroleum-derived plastics with biomass, including those used in paints, cosmetics, construction materials and auto/aircraft parts.

Fiberstar|Clewiston, FL

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Dec 2014

Project: Manufacturer of food ingredients from citrus waste

Fiberstar utilizes citrus waste to manufacture natural, healthy food ingredients using their proprietary, patented-process. The facility is located in Hendry County, a rural area that consistently has one of the highest unemployment rates in FL. Fiberstar’s products are utilized in food production to improve health, quality and cost savings. The products are produced from citrus-based waste generated during orange juice manufacturing. Fiberstar’s purchase of the waste provides a valuable additional revenue stream for the local citrus industry, a major employer in the region, that has suffered due to a bacterial disease affecting Florida’s citrus trees.

Synergy Solutions|Cordele, GA

Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Dec 2014

Project: Recycling center and cellulosic ethanol production

Synergy reopened and modernized an shuttered recycling facility to provide 1) municipal waste recycling, and 2) ethanol produced from expired sugar-based beverages, such as soft drinks and alcohol. Synergy is located in a rural low-income community with very high unemployment, and the closure of several major employers.

Lyme Cross City Forest|Dixie County, FL

Industry: | Close Date: Sep 2014

Project: Sustainable timberlands and protected wetlands

Lyme purchased thousands of acres of timberland in rural Dixie County, Florida and added environmentally-beneficial working forest conservation easements (WFCEs). The WFCEs permanently protect the land from development and ensure that it continues to be a productive, working forest supporting local jobs, and providing vital product to local mills. Lyme’s socially responsible approach includes certified sustainable forestry practices and fair logger contracts. The project’s location preserves a continuous conservation corridor of 196,000 acres, protecting regional ecosystems.

Recleim|Graniteville, SC

Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Dec 2013

Project: Advanced appliance recycling

Recleim developed the U.S.’s first state-of-the-art appliance recycling facility. Recleim is located in the small town of Graniteville, SC, which was devastated by a 2005 train derailment. The derailment resulted in 9 fatalities, 60 serious injuries, and bankruptcy of the town’s primary employer, leading to a loss of 1,500 local jobs. Graniteville was still trying to recover and Recleim, as the first major employer to occupy the accident site since the derailment, provided a symbol of hope and recovery. The facility recycles tens of thousands of tons of appliances annually, with a particular focus on refrigerators.

Zilkha Biomass Energy|Selma, AL

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jun 2013

Project: Manufacturer of proprietary biomass fuel pellets

Zilkha manufactures a patented, next generation “wood pellet for baseload renewable energy generation. Zilkha purchased an abandoned traditional wood pellet facility out of bankruptcy in a rural economically depressed community. Zilkha renovated the existing plant and created skilled jobs in a county with high unemployment. Zilkha’s wood pellets replace coal in power plants without requiring expensive retrofits, providing a cleaner, renewable alternative to coal while reducing air and water pollution.

Blendstar|Birmingham, AL

Industry: Clean Energy | Close Date: Jun 2013

Project: Renewable fuel train transload terminal

Blendstar constructed a new biofuel transload terminal in a low-income community in Birmingham, AL. The terminal provides efficient and cost-effective distribution of alternative fuels and is vital for the industry, providing a lower cost structure, promoting more domestic production, and reducing the potential for foreign biofuels to enter the market.

Beasley Forest Products|Hazlehurst, GA

Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Oct 2012

Project: Sustainable timberland and forestry products

Beasley is an innovative sustainable forestry company whose operations include sawmills, wood pellets (for renewable energy), timberland and environmental remediation products. Beasley is the 2nd largest private employer in a rural county which suffered from high unemployment. Beasley owns thousands of acres of timberland and is committed to good environmental stewardship by participating in the Sustainable Forest Initiative program.

Thinkery|Austin, TX

Industry: Community Facilities | Close Date: Oct 2012

Project: Non-profit education facility for children

Thinkery is a non-profit LEED Silver educational museum for children. ACM offers “Open Door Access” providing free admission to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. The Thinkery includes numerous education programs addressing environmental sustainability, such as water and energy conservation. The facility includes exhibit galleries on green values, recycling, use of repurposed materials and locally grown / sourced food.

Danimer Scientific|Bainbridge, GA

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jul 2012

Project: Manufacturer of biomass-based plastics

Danimer is an innovative manufacturer of sustainable, renewable plastic products, primarily for the consumer food packaging industry. Danimer provides skilled jobs in a rural, economically depressed community. Traditional plastic products are derived from petroleum. Danimer’s renewable and sustainable bioplastics are biodegradable and/or compostable, reducing landfill waste and pollution, particularly for low value, single use plastic items such as drinking straws and snack chip bags. Danimer products are also safer, healthier non-toxic alternatives for coatings on beverage and edible products containers.

Jordan Lumber|Montgomery County, NC

Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Dec 2011

Project: Family-owned sustainable timberland

Jordan Lumber is a family-owned and operated sustainable forest products company with timberland, sawmills and chip mills. Founded in 1939, Jordan is the fifth largest employer in a rural county suffering from high unemployment. Jordan manages its timberland in accordance with Sustainable Forestry Initiative (“SFI”) standards, which address reforestation, water quality protection, wildlife conservation, visual quality, biological diversity, and efficient use of forest resources. Jordan’s best practices include continually growing more trees than are harvested each year.

Gulf Coast Ag & Seafood|Bayou LaBatre, AL

Industry: Recycling | Close Date: Sep 2011

Project: Innovative seafood waste processing facility

Gulf Coast Agricultural and Seafood Co-Op (GCASC), is a non-profit first-of-its-kind facility turning seafood processing waste into fertilizer. The innovative LEED Gold plant is powered by self-generated methane biogas and solar energy. The Co-Op was formed by 23 local shrimp and crab companies having difficulty disposing of their seafood processing waste after their previous facility was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. As a result, Co-Op members were forced to pay high fees to haul waste 50 miles, burdening the Co-Op members, many of whom were also struggling due to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. The new facility provided Co-Op members with a cost effective and eco-friendly solution.

Broadwind Energy|Abilene, TX

Industry: Green Manufacturing | Close Date: Jul 2011

Project: Repair and manufacturer of gears and wind towers

Broadwind Energy’s Abilene facility manufactures and repairs various energy industry components and equipment, primarily gearboxes and towers for the wind industry. Broadwind is a US-based energy and infrastructure-focused company with hundreds of employees that supports the need for domestic renewable energy. The Abilene facility provides a valuable additional revenue stream for the company, strengthening their product and service offerings. The project helped to support local economic development goals of establishing Abilene as a hub for the wind industry.

Rex Lumber|Brookhaven, MS

Industry: Sustainable Forestry | Close Date: Oct 2010

Project: State-of-the-art highly efficient lumber mill

Rex Lumber is a family owned and operated lumber company which purchased and renovated a closed lumber mill. The mill closure had a significant impact on this small, rural community, including the loss of 150 jobs. The new, majority women owners modernized the mill, introduced sustainable forestry practices to their supply chain, implemented efficiency improvements that reduced harmful air emissions by 40%, and increased yield-per-tree to industry-leading levels.