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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 […] [...]

Foundation raises $130K in a day for tornado recovery efforts

HATTIESBURG — In just 24 hours, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation successfully raised $130,234.46 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the University’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the tornado on February 10. During the Southern Miss Campus Beautification Day of Giving on May 8, the USM Foundation utilized the […] [...]

USM fixing ‘front porch’ after tornado; plants huge oak trees

HATTIESBURG — Three months after an F-4 tornado tore through the front part of campus, the University of Southern Mississippi has taken a huge step in restoring the damaged landscape. Yesterday, five mature oak trees were planted to kickoff the first phase of a Campus Beautification Plan. The live oaks, measuring 40-feet high by 40-feet […] [...]

University develops plan to restore tornado-torn landscape

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has unveiled a comprehensive landscaping plan to restore the southern edge of the university’s Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by an EF-4 tornado Feb. 10. The USM Foundation has also announced a campus beautification campaign to generate private funds to help address the cost of the plan. […] [...]

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