Southern Research Prosperity Fund Supports Growth Of Alabama Bamboo Industry

| March 12, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Jerry Underwood – The Prosperity Fund

Could Alabama become home to a major new industry centered on bamboo farming and product manufacturing?

Southern Research and its Prosperity Fund initiative are teaming up with Resource Fiber, a bamboo fiber products company, to help realize the commercial potential of bamboo in a state known for thick pine forests.

Marsha Folsom, Resource Fiber’s chief development officer for governmental affairs and economic development, said The Prosperity Fund has connected the firm with Alabama businesses interested in exploring industrial applications of bamboo and university professors who want to do bamboo research. Meanwhile, Southern Research’s testing facilities are evaluating company bamboo products to determine strength and other important characteristics to advance its product development efforts.

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