InventWood Opening Facility In Frederick County

It’s a leading company for cellulose material innovation.

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Frederick, Md (KM) Another business is setting up shop in Frederick County.  InventWood is leasing and fitting out a facility of 88,971 square feet in Jefferson Station Court.   The county says the company is a leading center of innovation when it  comes to cellulose-based materials.

According to a news release from the county, InventWood specializes in innovating and producing advance cellulose-based materials which offers high performance and sustainable alternatives as opposed to carbon-intensive materials.

InventWood has developed MettleWood which is described as a strong and durable wood material which outperforms steel.   It also is resistant to moisture, fungus and termites. It will be produced from sustainably sourced wood from the region.

MettleWood, the company says,  has a potential to revolutionize numerous products for the construction, transportation and consumer electronics industries.

“InventWood’s establishment in Frederick County is a milestone toward our commitment to innovation and sustainability,” says County Executive Jessica Fitzwater, in a statement. “This move highlights our emerging status as an advanced manufacturing and green technology hub. We are enthusiastic about the partnership’s positive impact on our community and look forward to seeing how we can use this innovative product in our community.”

The company was founded in 2016 as a faculty-led spin-off from the University of Maryland. InventWood was announced as the recipient of a $20-million federal award from the Department of Energy last year. Company officials say they are working to scale up their  production capability to make more than one million square fee of MettleWood boards and veneers annually starting in 2025.

“The engagement and  support from Frederick County have been crucial as we continue to grow and expand to meet the increasing demand for our materials,” says InventWood CEO Josh Cable, in a statement.. “This expansion represented our focus on local manufacturing and job creation to achieve our goals of pioneering a sustainable future with high-performing, cost effective, and environmentally sustainable cellulose materials.”

By Kevin McManus