A Texas-based company is opening a $90 million facility in south Arkansas to manufacture wood pellets that can be used as an alternative fuel source, in a project that's expected to employ 52 people.
Zilkha Biomass Energy LLC announced Wednesday it is building a facility in Monticello to manufacture its Zilkha Black Pellet, the first commercially available advanced pellet in the biomass industry. The company said in a release that the pellets are water resistant and can be integrated into coal-fired plants to create cleaner emissions.
Gov. Mike Beebe praised the project and said Arkansas is an ideal location for biomass production because more than half the state is forested.