The USDA researched the Guayule crop in the 1990s to create a new method of isolating rubber rich material from guayule to create an alternative rubber for latex-allergy sufferers. Currently, the Agricultural Research Division of the USDA collaborates with Yulex as part of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to research the genetics and agronomics of the guayule crop.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and Yulex have collaborated to develop and evaluate Guayule polymers and resins for tire applications. Cooper Tire leads a consortium of companies and research units, of which Yulex is a part, in the development of Guayule rubber as a domestic alternative for rubber in tires, as part of a USDA & DOE grant-driven project. Cooper Tire is a Findlay, OH based company that specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sales of automobile and truck tires.
The University of Arizona has been a major player in the recent development of Guayule as an industrial crop, being located in the same southwestern desert that the Guayule is a native plant of. Agricultural trials for developing better strains of Yulex will be operated at the UA’s Maricopa Agriculture Center. The MAC farm has over 80 acres (32 ha) dedicated to irrigation research. MAC farm personnel have extensive experience with cultivation of semi-arid crops.
Yulex has formed a strong relationship with the Gila River Indian Community, which has played a significant role in the cultivation and development of Guayule for many centuries. Therefore, it is only apt that Yulex has located its bioprocessing facility close to the community South of Phoenix.
TERO partners with Yulex to provide our primary workforce under the TERO regulations where a company resides on the community’s land.
Lone Butte Corp. is a wholly owned company within the Gila River community, and operates and manages the industrial park where Yulex’s manufacturing facility is located.