Enviva expands into North Carolina
- December 20, 2010
Richmond-based Enviva LP, a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel, plans to build a wood-pellet manufacturing facility in Ahoskie, N.C. Company officials said the project will create 53 jobs.
The new plant will be built at the site of the former Georgia Pacific lumber facility site in Hertford County. It will produce 330,000 tons of pellets annually from more than 600,000 tons of raw wood.
Based on rising customer demand from in the U.S. and Europe, Enviva plans to create at least two additional plants in the area. Site selection is expected to be completed within 18 to 24 months.
“Enviva has developed strong relationships with timber owners and other fiber suppliers who are committed to the sustainable management of their resources,” said Enviva Chairman and CEO John Keppler. “Those relationships are critical to the success of this exciting new expansion.”
The new plant received grant support from the state’s One North Carolina Fund, which has invested in projects creating more than 45,000 jobs since 2001.