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Serving the paper industry for over 40 years, we have built our reputation on exceptional service and high quality solutions for our customers. We produce custom products to meet each of our customers’ individual needs. Our experienced technical sales team works with you to optimize product usage to achieve superior results. We are dedicated to continual improvement and the development of long-term relationships with our customers and suppliers.

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Why our paper solutions are the best

We pride ourselves on delivering top quality products, quickly and efficiently. The following associations confirm that we are a company you can trust.

  • Member Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI)
  • Member Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry (ASPI)
  • Member University of Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation (WPPF)
  • Member National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
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Our high quality Food Grade solutions

We are proud to say that our attention to detail, excellent service and high standards have earned us the following qualifications.

  • FDA Registered
  • BRC Certified
  • Kosher Certified
  • Halal Certified
  • Member Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)
  • Member Northwest Food Processors Association (NWFPA)
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Potato Starch Timeline

From the first potatoes back in 8000BC, to 2019, when we are using their starch to enhance paper and for food purposes, these little underground tubers have been useful for millenniums.

  • 8000BC
    The potato is first domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and extreme northwestern Bolivia.
  • 1700s
    As early as 4000BC starch is used by the Egyptians to glue together pieces of papyrus. But it is not until the 18th century that potato starch becomes prevalent.
  • 1838
    Potatoes are planted in Idaho as early as 1838; by 1900 the state's production exceeds a million bushels (about 27,000 tonnes).
  • 1952
    WPC opens their doors as a company that grinds potatoes for starch and uses it for food grade purposes.
  • 1970's
    During the early 70s WPC purchases the technology for cationic starches and concentrates on the industrial side of the business.
  • 2001
    Western Polymer Corporation expands by building a plant in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
  • 2010
    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reports that the world production of potatoes in 2010 was about 324 million tonnes.
  • 2012
    Western Polymer constructed a new office building and completed a major remodel of the Production/Lab building. Western Polymer is proud of its renewed, cutting-edge Lab facility.
  • 2013
    On June 28, 2013, Western Polymer Corporation purchased the manufacturing plant and equipment of Aroostook Starch Company, LLC, located in Fort Fairfield, Maine.
  • 2014
    In January, 2014, the Moses Lake Plant added a new 35,000 sq. ft. Food Grade potato starch processing and packaging facility.
  • 2015
    Western Polymer Corporation applied for WBE Certification (Women Business Enterprise) and became certified as a woman-owned and woman-controlled business in 2015 through NWBOC (National Woman Business Owners Corporation).
  • 2016
    Western Polymer proudly continues to provide quality solutions for our industrial and food grade customers.
  • 2017
    In October, 2017, Western Polymer’s Moses Lake Plant continued to expand by adding 25,000 sq. ft. of Food Grade warehouse storage.
  • 2018
    Throughout 2018, Western Polymer continued to make improvements and additions to our manufacturing equipment and processes at all three facilities located in Maine, North Dakota and Washington State.
  • 2019
    On March 1, 2019, Ingredion, Inc. acquired the operations of Western Polymer. The acquisition will expand the Company’s potato starch manufacturing capacity, enhance processing capabilities, and broaden its higher-value specialty ingredients business and customer base.

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