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Friday, July 19, 2019
What a change this proposed deal would be
Blogger Comments: What a fantastic deal this would be for Sumter County. Sumter County has struggled for years with a lack of resources. We can only pray and hope this wonderful deal goes through for the county. Jobs and prosperity are what each county wants.
Maryland company eyes $175 million Sumter County project
Bio-mass company Enviva says it is evaluating a $175 million project to build a wood pellet plant in the Port of Epes Industrial Park in Sumter County.
It could be several months before a final decision is made. Company officials with Maryland-based Enviva said the project could create approximately 85 full-time jobs and an estimated 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation, and local services. The plant would help the company fulfill long-term contracted demand for its biomass fuel,Eviva Chairman and CEO John Keppler said the company is “very grateful for the warm welcome and support we’ve received from state and local leaders."
“Demand for sustainable wood pellet fuel is growing rapidly around the world as countries seek ways to generate heat and power with lower carbon sources of energy,” Keppler said. "As we continue to grow our company to meet this demand, we look forward to continuing to get to know the great people of Sumter County and the neighboring communities.”
Enviva has a long-term lease with the Port of Mobile through a partnership with maritime firm Cooper T. Smith. Enviva has pellet manufacturing facilities in nearby Amory, Miss. The pellets are transported along the Tombigbee River and stored in barges until they are loaded onto ocean-going vessels.
Enviva sends out shipments of pellets every four to six weeks from the Port of Mobile, the company said.