In Casteldidone, developed on a surface of 14.724 square meters the new Iris pasta factory; a very low-impact building, mainly built with recyclable materials . The cement has been minimized, It is found only in the core columns; other materials used are wood, steel, glass, hemp and clay tiles baked in local kilns. The entire plant is powered by renewable energy; the roof was covered with photovoltaic panels, that together with the Hanging Gardens, contribute to the insulation of the building.
To carry out this project that required a financial commitment of about 20 million euro, the cooperative Iris requested support of those who believe in its values.
"Mutuality is the principle which underpins all the work of Iris", says Fulvia Mantovani, vice president of the cooperative. "The decision to open up and renew, issuing shares is given by the mutual desire of the working members to give breath to the Iris project , finding the strength for a new investment.” observes Fulvia.
The goal is to expand pasta production "To increase the production means to extend the network of farmers who grow organic land for the Iris supply chain", emphasizes Maurizio Gritta. The new pasta factory is strengthening the supply chain Iris which already counts on a peasant important network. To all of them, Iris gives the chance to become members of the cooperative and guarantees a fixed contract, provides advice in the field and buy grain at an agreed price, thus giving stability to the capital of relations, against the precariousness of the oscillations of the Stock Exchange.
It was possible to realize the project of Bio Pastificio IRIS, Thanks to the collaboration and the design of the architect Mario Filocca of SEREGNO (MB) for the structural part and the collaboration of Ing. Liberal of Pavia (PV) for the plant engineering.