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New Minnesota 'plastic lumber' company building from ground up

Rochester-based Envirolastech has developed a new kind of plastic that company founders say can replace lumber in construction. The product outperforms wood in strength tests, won't split, rot or fade, and it gets stronger in cold weather, not more brittle like most plastics, company founders say. They plan to launch manufacturing operations next year, Finance and Commerce reports.
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Rochester-based Envirolastech has developed a new kind of environmentally friendly plastic that company founders say can replace lumber in construction.

The product outperforms wood in strength tests, won't split, rot or fade, and it gets stronger in cold weather, not more brittle like most plastics, company founders say. They plan to launch manufacturing operations next year, Finance and Commerce reports.

BringMeTheNews columnist Don Shelby recently wrote about the company.

Envirolstech was a finalist for the Minnesota Cup, a competition for entrepreneurial start-ups.

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