Thursday, February 6, 2020

Bioplastics company BioLogiQ plans warehouse on Professional Way

Brad LaPray, BioLogiQ CEO
It looks like there will be some major construction on Yellowstone Highway south of Sunnyside Road, with BioLogiQ planning a new warehouse on Professional Way.

According to the building permit application filed Jan. 27, the Idaho Falls company has plans for a 31,180-square-foot warehouse. The job value is estimated at $1,571,904, and the applicant is Streamline Precision Contracting of Burley. The site plan show an area marked out to the north for future building.

BioLogiQ is a bioplastics company started in 2011 by Brad LaPray, an Idaho native who grew up working in fields but left for the East Coast for 20 years. According to the company website, LaPray started BiologiQ with the intent of creating a useful plastic from excess starch created during potato processing. This led to the invention of NuPlastiQ BioPolymers and technology that enables plastic manufacturers to use their existing equipment to make sustainable plastic products.

In 2017, several farms, including Wada Farms, launched production programs to sell fresh potatoes in bags made from the company's "Tater Made®" logo that were made from BioLogiQ's NuPlastiQ resin at Wal-Mart supercenters. In addition to its headquarters in Idaho Falls, BioLogiQ has offices in Hong Kong and Shaoguan City, in China’s Guangdong Province.

To read an interview LaPray gave BioMarket Insights in 2019, follow this link: Bringing the Humble Potato Into the New Plastics Economy.