Modern Mill, based in Fernwood, Mississippi, manufactures an innovative wood substitute known as ACRE, a new building material made from up-cycled rice hulls, a byproduct of rice production. Produced in a zero-waste environment, ACRE is engineered to offer the warmth and beauty of real wood with the convenience of composite materials. ACRE is available as trim boards, dimensional lumber, sheet goods, decking, and siding.
A finalist in the Most Innovative Building Material category at this year’s International Builder’s Show, Modern Mill also recently stole the show at Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards and won the overall Best Mid-Sized Business Award plus five other nominations.
The Fast Company awards honor clean technology, innovative corporate initiatives, brave new designs for cities and buildings, and other creative works that are supporting the growth of positive social innovation, tackling social inequality, climate change, and public health crises. Modern Mill and its product ACRE also garnered finalist nominations in the categories General Excellence, Architecture, Consumer Products, and North America as well as an honorable mention in the Climate category.
“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized in so many different categories,” said Kim Guimond, chief marketing officer at Modern Mill. “It shows that ACRE truly is a product that can change the building industry for the better, stem deforestation and grow a socially responsible, sustainable business here in the U.S.”
Because Modern Mill’s ACRE is designed for indoor and outdoor use, it is engineered to resist water, weather, and pests. The product is manufactured free of phenol, formaldehyde, and adhesives. It is 100% recyclable, resistant to splinters and cracks, and is backed by a limited lifetime guarantee.
As a people-first company based in Fernwood, Mississippi, Modern Mill has brought manufacturing back to an area that was once home to thriving sawmills that supplied lumber to the entire Gulf coast. Modern Mill sources rice hulls from local fields—not only to minimize the wasteful impact of overseas transportation, but also to help neighboring farmers unlock an additional source of revenue.
Realizing that the sustainability of the company is tied to the sustainability of the community, Modern Mill is investing in the future of Fernwood by helping to create a stronger, healthier, and more prosperous environment for work and family life.
The company has partnered with the Workforce Training Center at Southwest Mississippi Community College to offer job training and education, helping team members develop the skills they need to participate in the resurgence of the area’s manufacturing.
Modern Mill has partnered with distributors throughout the U.S. For more information, visit modern-mill.com.