SOURCE: Trellis Earth Products, Inc.

Trellis Earth Products, Inc.

August 17, 2011 07:00 ET

Trellis Earth Products, Inc. Announces Executive and Board Appointments

Names VP Research & Development; VP Operations and Factory General Manager; New Board Directors and Chairman of Audit Committee

WILSONVILLE, OR--(Marketwire - Aug 17, 2011) - Trellis Earth Products, Inc. ("Trellis" or the "Company"), a rapidly growing supplier and manufacturer of branded biodegradable food packaging and plastic bags made with renewable resources, today announced new executive and Board appointments, effective in July and August 2011.

Craig Mittelstaedt has joined Trellis Earth as Vice President of Operations and General Manager. Prior to joining the Company, he served as General Manager for Elite Plastics, a division of GM Nameplate, from 2001 to 2011. He previously served as General Manager of SPM/Dynacast, a division of Dynacast U.K., in Hillsboro, Oregon and as Vice President and General Manager PPI Inc., a diversified plastics and contract manufacturing company based in Seattle. He has studied business and engineering at Warwick Business School, U.K., the University of Washington, and Mount Hood Community College.

Yang Hu has joined Trellis Earth as Vice President of Research & Development. Dr. Hu holds a PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Pennsylvania State University, a Master's degree from the Department of Chemistry, Université Joseph Fourier-Grenoble I, Grenoble, France, and a Master's Degree in Process Engineering of Agricultural Products from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing, China. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Food Science & Engineering with a minor in Industry and Business Administration from Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China. He is widely published in peer-review journals and has multiple bioplastics patents in China and the U.S.

John Metcalf has joined Trellis Earth as Audit & Compensation Committee Chairman and a Director. Mr. Metcalf currently serves as Audit Committee Chairman of ParkerVision Inc. and Energy Connect Inc., a division of Johnson Controls. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Electro Scientific Industries and is former CFO of Siltronic Corporation, Zight Corporation, Wafertech, LLC, Siltec Corporation, and Oki Semiconductor. He has also held multiple Controller positions at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Mr. Metcalf holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor's of Science in Business/Marketing from the University of California, Berkeley.

Neil Nelson has joined Trellis Earth as a Director. Mr. Nelson is President and CEO of Siltronic Corp., a role he has held since 2003. He serves on the boards of directors for Siltronic Corp., Oregon Business Council and Associated Oregon Industries, and Portland General Electric, where he is a member of the Audit Committee, and the Compensation and Human Resources Committees. Mr. Nelson received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University.

Lee Weeks has joined the company to oversee its retail product marketing efforts. Mr. Weeks has a career that spans over 40 years of selling products into supermarkets, mass merchandisers and the distribution channels that serve them. He estimates in his career he has sold over $200 million dollars worth of packaged products into retailers, representing companies such as Sterling Plastics, Sterilite Corporation, North American Philips, Kellogg Brushes, Fasco Fans, and many more. At Trellis Earth he will focus on retail merchandising, channel development, and sales into the grocery store vertical market.

Commenting on these appointments, Bill Collins, Founder, President and CEO of Trellis Earth Products, Inc., said, "We are excited to welcome Craig, Yang, John, Neil and Lee to these key positions at Trellis Earth. Their detailed knowledge of Trellis's business and collective experience in operations, manufacturing, research and development, finance, and sales will be invaluable to executing our growth strategy and creating significant value for our shareholders."

Mr. Collins added, "The marketplace for Trellis's branded biodegradable food packing and bioplastic bags continues to grow as U.S. consumers and corporations demand sustainable alternatives to traditional plastics for food service items. Our new appointments bring a level of experience and capability to our team that allows us to strengthen our intellectual property portfolio, support our expansion, and remain a leader in renewable materials technology."

About Trellis Earth Products, Inc.
Trellis Earth Products, Inc. ("Trellis") is a rapidly growing manufacturer and distributor of branded bioplastic food packaging and plastic bags to major retailers, food service vendors and corporations throughout the United States. The Company's products, which include bags, cutlery, clamshells, cups, plates and trays, among other items, are made from bio-based renewable resources such as corn instead of petroleum, allowing for a reduction in carbon footprint. Founded in 2006, Trellis products employ proprietary blends of biomass and polymers for a lower blended average cost of materials. The Company makes both compostable and sustainable/bio-based products in thermoformed, injection molded, and film blown products.

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