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Ochoco begins work on pellet plant

Based in Prineville, Oregon, US, Ochoco Lumber Company has begun building a pellet producing facility in the city of John Day.

The plant will be operational by October this year, producing pellets from wood chips, sawdust, shavings and ponderosa pine logs, the majority of which will come from the Malheur National Forest.

When the plant is up and running it will supply pellets to hospitals, schools and other large-scale buildings for use in pellet boilers.

The company and its subsidiary Malheur Lumber Co. were awarded $4.9 million (€3.9 million) in federal stimulus funds in November 2009 to finance the build, which, once complete, will employ 11 workers.