Drax Biomass International Inc. plans to build a 450,000 metric ton per year wood pellet production facility in Gloster, in southwest Mississippi’s Amite County.
The facility, to be known as Amite BioEnergy, represents a substantial multi-million dollar investment by the company and will create 45 direct jobs, as well as additional indirect jobs during construction and in the transportation and forestry sectors once the plant is operational, state economic development officials say.
Drax Biomass is a development and operating company focused on manufacturing wood pellets for renewable, low-carbon power generation from sustainable biomass. The company is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Drax Grou p plc, a major electricity generator in the United Kingdom with a commitment to producing renewable power.
Drax Biomass CEOr Chuck Davis said Drax plans to start constriction the first part of 2013. “Drax Biomass is focused on building and operating a clean, safe manufacturing facility that will support the local economy, create long-term jobs and interface with the local forest industry,” he said in a press statement.