ALBANY, OR – Lao K LLC was awarded $69,795 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to determine the commercial worthiness of a soybean flour adhesive for manufacturing plywood panels for cabinet and furniture uses.

According to The Oregonian, the company is among 34 small businesses to receive a total of nearly $2.4 million in research grants through  the EPA's National Center for Environmental Research. The company will reportedly use the money to determine if the adhesive and a curing agent used in the process can be produced commercially.

The adhesive is viewed as an environmentally friendly alternative to urea formaldehyde resins commonly used in the manufacture of hardwood plywood.

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