WIGGINS — The Stone County Economic Development Council, Gov. Haley Barbour and others will celebrate the first official production day at Piney Woods Pellets in Wiggins June 2. Barbour will tour the facility and present a keynote address in celebration of the event.
A public grand opening will be conducted later in June; details for that event will be forthcoming.
Construction began for the facility in 2008. The plant is capable of producing in excess of 50,000 tons of wood fuel pellets annually. The plant’s 32 employees are native Mississippians with the exception of the plant manager, Terry Dunlap, who is an Arkansas native. Dunlap brings 30 years of renewable energy experience to the Mississippi plant. In addition to the 32 employees, regional truck drivers and foresters are employed.
Piney Woods Pellets will use renewable raw materials to produce wood pellets that honor the environment while providing economical heating fuel for customers. Pellets will be used in individual homes in wood pellet stoves around the world. In addition, the pellets will be used in large industrial plants throughout the South, providing those users an economical source of fuel produced in the United States, providing U.S. jobs and using a renewable clean energy.
“Our love of the timber industry and passion for the environmental health of the planet guide our decision making. We strive to minimize our negative impact on the environment in the production of our pellets,” said Osmond Crosby, Piney Woods Pellets’ CEO.