ZeaChem reaches deal with Procter & Gamble

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The biorefinery developer ZeaChem Inc. says it has a multiyear, joint development agreement with Procter & Gamble Co. to help ZeaChem speed up its development and commercialization of bio-based chemicals.

Lakewood, Colo.-based ZeaChem is building a demonstration-scale biorefinery in Boardman, Ore., to turn poplar trees and other agricultural feedstocks into fuel, but ZeaChem also plans to make bio-based chemicals.

Procter & Gamble says suppliers like ZeaChem could help it meet its commitment to using renewable or recycled materials for all products and packaging.