We are excited to be at the forefront of the feedstock and oil processing industry in the Pacific Northwest.
Located in Rickreall, Oregon, on Hwy 99 West in the heart of the Willamette Valley, Willamette
Biomass Processors, Inc. is the only large scale commercial oil seed processor in the state of
Oregon. WBP was established in 2007 by a third-generation Oregonian in response to Oregons new Renewable Fuels Initiative signed into law by the Governor of Oregon in July 2007. Located conveniently on site with rail access, and a truck scale, WBP has the capacity to store 432,000 bushels of seed and to
process over 100,000,000 lbs of seed annually.
Craig Parker, CEO of W.B.P., started researching the biofuel industry in 2005, after hearing from a friend how much it was to fill a diesel powered pickup truck. His passion grew once he talked with a man that had a bumper sticker on the back of his truck announcing that his vehicle ran on
“biodiesel.” Mr. Parkers personal drive on the matter and the research that followed led him to his first Northwest Biofuels Conference in the summer of 2006. By mid-2006, he had applied his talents to create a business that is today the leading provider of NON-GMO animal feeds for the Pacific Northwest.
Numerous meetings with industry analysts taught Mr. Parker that there was an unmet need in Oregon for large scale seed oil processing for the industry. There had been some interest within the agriculture community to grow feedstock in Oregon, but there was no local feedstock processor to convert the raw material into vegetable oil for the agricultural industry. Craig also needed to find a person with the right background to oversee the facility, which led him to a chance meeting with Marlin Pilcher. After attending the Northwest Biofuels Conference together with Craig and after several meetings and phone discussions, Marlin was on board and searching for as much information as he could find on Camelina and Canola, to start designing and building the W.B.P. processing plant.
By late 2006 the hunt was on for a site to build a seed oil production plant. This culminated in the discovery of the present location on Hwy 99 W in Rickreall, OR. Formerly the “Dallas Co-Op” grain elevator, this facility has enough bulk storage for 432,000 bushels of product. W.B.P.’s site acreage, existing 750’ rail spur and 80’ truck scale, along with state of the art oil seed crushing equipment that was implemented by Craig and Marlin in the beginning of 2008 gives Oregon the momentum to move forward as a leader in the Northwest feedstock processing industry. At capacity, this facility is capable of processing 100,000,000 lbs. of seed annually,
equating to approximately 4.2 million gallons of vegetable oil with space that allows for unlimited expansion.
In addition, Mr. Parker would like to thank O.S.U. and the open door of Dr. David Hackleman (Chemical Engineering) and Daryl Ehrensing (Crop and Soil). Other influential keys to WBP’s early success include the analysts at the Oregon Department of Energy (Mark Kendall, Rick Wallace, Evan Elias,
and Jeff Keto).