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Alabama company buys Miss. pellet mill

WIGGINS — Enviva LP, which sells wood pellets to a European electrical utility, has acquired a controlling interest in a Wiggins, Miss., pellet plant.

Terms were not disclosed.

Enviva, a Richmond, Va.-based manufacturer of biomass fuel, tells the Mobile Press-Register that it will expand the former Piney Woods Pellets plant from its current 50,000 tons a year to 150,000 tons. It said it would increase employees to 22.

Wood pellets are burned by power plants and industries in an attempt to cut carbon dioxide emissions. Pellets also are burned for heat and sold as cat litter. A number of pellet mills have been built in the Southeast in recent years.

The Wiggins mill opened in 2009.

Thomas Meth, Enviva’s executive vice president of sales and marketing, said the wood pellets would be transportation the Port of Mobile, where they will be loaded onto oceangoing ships.

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  1. I hope the company replenishes the forest that cut down and doesn’t just wipe it out in an uncontrolled manner. Also, the natural habitats for native species of animals and plants will be damaged. Is the state and its people concerned or do they care more about creating low wage jobs?

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