Drax has opened a new pellet plant in Demopolis, Alabama, bringing new jobs and economic opportunities to the town.
At full capacity, the Demopolis plant – Drax’s second pellet production facility in the state – will produce 360,000 tonnes of sustainable biomass pellets annually.
Drax’s pellet plants help support employment and opportunities across the wider forestry and lumber sectors in Alabama, with around 350 people employed during the construction of the new plant and 120 employed directly by the company at its pellet plants in Demopolis, Marengo County, and Aliceville, Pickens County.
“By developing these pellet plants, Drax has created 120 jobs in Alabama, while supporting many more throughout our supply chains in the state,” said Drax CEO, Will Gardiner.
“I believe it is important to support communities where we operate and so as well as opening the Demopolis pellet mill, I’m also pleased to announce the donation of $10,000 (€9,100) to the Demopolis City Schools Foundation, which will help ensure all children have access to an excellent education. I look forward to Drax continuing work with the local community.”
Including Demopolis, in which Drax invested over $100 million (€91.8 million), Drax operates seven pellet plants in the US South using biomass sourced from the region’s sustainably managed working forests.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey commented: “Drax’s wood pellet plant that’s being commissioned in Demopolis represents a major investment that will drive long-term economic growth and spark significant job creation in Marengo County.
“The opening of this facility is an exciting development for this rural region, and I look forward to seeing Drax develop new growth plans in Sweet Home Alabama.”