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Molpus Woodlands agrees to buy timberland in Alabama

JACKSON — The timberland investment management firm Molpus Woodlands Group, LLC has, on behalf of a client, entered into an agreement to purchase approximately 73,000 acres of timberland located north, east and west of Birmingham, Ala. The close of the purchase is set to occur in installments starting in October 2013. Terms were not disclosed. […] [...]

Business community has questions about proposed highway tax

JACKSON — Business groups still aren’t ready to raise Mississippi’s taxes to repair and build highways and bridges. In August, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Willie Simmons, D-Cleveland, proposed a $700 million menu of taxes and asked other members of a study committee examining road needs to offer their own alternative revenue and spending plans. Highway […] [...]

County adds 240-acre, interstate-fronting tract

MCCOMB — Pike County economic developers have upped their portfolio for possible development by taking a three-year option to buy 240 acres fronting Interstate 55. The Enterprise-Journal reported the economic development district paid Griffin Timber LLC $30,000 for control of the property into 2016. Griffin Timber is owned by businessman Ed Griffin. The land runs […] [...]

Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of […] [...]

County takes out USDA loan to buy lans for wood pellet plant

LUCEDALE — George County supervisors have signed off on $1.3 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to pay for land where a new wood pellet plant will go. The Mississippi Press reports that the USDA rural development loans will be used to purchase the property that will expand the George County Industrial Park. Green […] [...]

KiOR plant achieves three production milestones

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc. reports that its commercial scale cellulosic gasoline and diesel production facility in Columbus has achieved several key operational milestones. The facility’s Biomass Fluid Catalytic Cracking, or BFCC, unit has completed its first uninterrupted 30-day run. Also, the facility made its first shipment of cellulosic gasoline on June 28, which represented the […] [...]

Paper plant will have converting and manufacturing capabilities

NATCHEZ — Von Drehle Corporation officials say the Natchez plant will be the company’s only “all-under-one-roof” facility. The Natchez Democrat reports company engineer Tanya Richardson told a local civic club this week that the operation would have pulp converting and paper manufacturing capabilities, the company’s only plant to have both. Von Drehle, which provides paper […] [...]

Another wood pellet operation coming to Pine Belt region

LUCEDALE — A second wood pellet mill is locating in George County. Officials say the new mill will handle 500,000 tons of pellets per year. The Mississippi Press reports the Port of Pascagoula leaders signed a document Thursday to provide for shipping of the wood pellets to European utilities, which use the pellets to reduce […] [...]

Foresters expecting another year of healthy recovery

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Evidence of a healthy national economy may be found in the strength of the timber industry. Forestry is a billion-dollar industry in Mississippi and the state’s second-largest agricultural commodity. A depressed national economy in recent years had negative impacts on housing construction and furniture manufacturing, which hurt the forestry sector, but industry […] [...]

Senator: Is federal bioenergy program undercutting foresters?

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning whether a U.S. Department of Agriculture bio-based marketing program amounts to a bias against traditional forest products and whether such policies are fair. Cochran broached the topic at a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2014 budget request for the USDA. The USDA BioPreferred […] [...]

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