Sen. Brown Announces Expansion of Biopreferred Label to Increase Market for Ohio Companies

More than 70 Ohio Companies Already Eligible for Preferred Federal Purchasing; New Designation Expands Opportunities

Union County Farmer, Assistant Director of Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center, Testified Before Agriculture Committee on Biobased Manufacturing Jobs in Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that an additional 14 biobased product categories have received a designation that makes them eligible for federal procurement preference. The move expands business opportunities for Ohio-manufactured products made with agricultural products. Already, more than 70 Ohio companies manufacturing biobased products are eligible for preferred federal procurement under the USDA’s biopreferred program. Ohio was the first state in the country to adopt a biobased procurement program—based largely on the Federal BioPreferred program—which requires state purchasing preference for bioproducts when available. 

“Our state’s economic recovery will be led by two of our strongest industries: agriculture and manufacturing,” Brown said. “And the biobased industry links these sectors to make new products, ranging from biobased paint, to soy ink and toner.  With the Federal BioPreferred program, we can create new market opportunities for Ohio farmers, while strengthening Ohio’s growing biobased industry and creating jobs throughout our state.”

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred program’s Round 7 finalization adds 2,500 biobased products for a total of more than 8,900 products now offered for preferred purchasing consideration by federal government agencies and contractors. The final rule, published in the Federal Register on Friday, July 22, is part of a series of rules to designate biobased items.

Biobased products are composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients—renewable plant, animal, marine, or forestry materials. A BioPreferred designated item is one that meets or exceeds USDA established minimum biobased content requirements.

The BioPreferred program was created by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill) as a preferred procurement program for federal agencies and a voluntary labeling program for broad scale marketing of biobased products.

The BioPreferred program has two major components: product labeling and federal procurement preference.  The labeling component involves USDA certification and award of labels to qualifying products to increase consumer recognition of biobased products.  The federal procurement preference requires USDA designation of categories of biobased product that are afforded preference by Federal agencies when making purchasing decisions.  Additionally, the USDA has created one-stop-shop, online catalogs of products for both BioPreferred initiatives. 

Earlier this month, Brown, chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Jobs, Rural Economic Growth, and Energy, attended an Agriculture hearing where Denny Hall, a sixth-generation farmer from Union County and the assistant director of the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Center (OBIC), testified before the committee. Read Brown’s statement here.

Below is a list of Ohio companies that manufacture biobased products.

COMPANY

COUNTY

Nature’s Touch Soaps

Ashtabula

Natural Solutions-Holistic Beauty, Body and bath

Columbiana

A-ROO Company LLC

Cuyahoga

Chagrin Valley Soap

Cuyahoga

Dean Supply

Cuyahoga

EnviroSales LLC

Cuyahoga

Garick Corp.

Cuyahoga

Green Paper Products LLC 10”3

Cuyahoga

ITW Permatex

Cuyahoga

Kurtz Bros

Cuyahoga

Nature Friendly products

Cuyahoga

NYCO

Cuyahoga

Pure Enchantment

Cuyahoga

Scot Laboratories

Cuyahoga

Sherwin-Williams

Cuyahoga

State Industrial Products

Cuyahoga

TTI Floorcare

Cuyahoga

Barnes Nursery, Inc.

Erie

EMEGA Technologies, LLC

Fairfield

Best Pak Company

Franklin

Earth First

Franklin

eZall Technologies LLC

Franklin

Go Biobased, LLC

Franklin

Industrialbags.com, Inc.

Franklin

Jones Fuel Co.

Franklin

Kimball Midwest

Franklin

Plastic Suppliers, Inc.

Franklin

Res-Q Cleaning Solutions

Franklin

Cognis Corporation

Hamilton

Evans Landscaping and Supplies

Hamilton

HealthPro Brands Inc.

Hamilton

Hill and Griffith Company

Hamilton

Hubert Company

Hamilton

KOST USA, Inc.

Hamilton

Kutol Products Company

Hamilton

Milacron LLC

Hamilton

Neu-Tech Supply Company

Hamilton

Ohio Mulch

Hamilton

Peter Cremer North America

Hamilton

Procter and Gamble

Hamilton

US Fabrics

Hamilton

Findlay Industries

Hancock

Durable Corporation

Huron

ChemMasters

Lake

Lubrizol Corporation

Lake

Terrosolve Technologies

Lake

Arnco

Lorain

Filtrexx

Lorain

West Development Group

Lorain

Betco Corporation

Lucas

Canberra Corporation

Lucas

EcoLogic Foodservice Solutions

Lucas

Electrical Body, Inc.

Lucas

Lott industries

Lucas

N-Viro International Corp.

Lucas

R.H. Sales Ohio

Lucas

Spartan Chemical Company, Inc.

Lucas

Systex LLC

Lucas

Encon, Inc.

Montgomery

Enviroscape ECM, LTD

Montgomery

GM Industrial

Montgomery

Bath Euphoria

Richland

N.W.P. Manufacturing

Seneca

SoySolv

Seneca

USA Soy Solutions, LLC

Shelby

Construction Polymers International, Inc.

Stark

Renewable Lubricants, Inc.

Stark

Elastikote, LLC

Summit

Functional Products, Inc.

Summit

GOJO Industries, Inc.

Summit

Univenture

Union

Cresset Chemical Company

Wood

Xorb LLC

Wood

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