JOHN DAY – The city of John Day on Wednesday announced that Enviro Board Corp. and Oregon Machine Leasing LLC have signed a purchase and sale agreement to buy seven acres of land at the Grant County Airport Industrial Park.

The transaction is scheduled to close by July 22.

Announcing the development, city manager Peggy Gray called it “an incredible opportunity for our community.”

The deal covers Lot 28, where Enviro Board proposes to produce environmentally-friendly building materials. Oregon Machine Leasing will build a 40,000-square-foot LEED certified plant for the company.

Enviro Board has developed a patented milling process that converts agricultural waste fiber into low-cost, "green" building panels that are used for a variety of residential structures.

Enviro Board plans to operate five production lines, creating eight jobs per production line, per shift for the production work alone. The development also is expected to produce construction trade jobs for building prefab housing at the plant, using the materials from the production lines.

Other jobs created will include trucking jobs of raw material in and finished goods out, straw collection and indirect job creation.

Enviro Board expects to the plant to begin operating on or before first quarter of 2014.

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