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Arkansas Lands $90M Wood Pellet Manufacturing Site

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:35am
The Associated Press

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.

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