Wood residuals from new US facility to be turned into biomass products

Rambler Wood Products will invest $7.6 million (€6.2 million) to establish a new, value-added wood products manufacturing facility in Virginia, US, with wood residuals to be converted into biomass products.

The investment will see 73 new high-wage jobs created in the area. In the 300,000-square-foot facility, Rambler will convert high-quality white oak into barrel staves for the West Virginia Great Barrel Company and other cooperages in the region. The facility will also use Red Oak and lower value hardwoods to produce dimensional lumber for sale to flooring manufacturers, pallet production, and for use in the mining industry.

The wood residuals will be sold to paper companies or further manufactured into biomass products. The remaining wood chips and sawdust will be sold to paper manufacturers or made into wood pellets.

By being able to purchase all the tree species from a timber tract, Rambler is establishing a valuable new market for Virginia loggers and landowners that facilitates sustainable forest management in the region and helps to maintain the state’s hardwood forests.

Governor Northam said: “As Virginia’s third-largest private sector industry, forestry supports thousands of quality jobs in our rural communities and contributes $21 million (€17.3 million) in economic impact each year.

“We continue to prioritise bringing high-paying jobs and capital investment to all corners of our Commonwealth while supporting working landscapes, and I am thankful to Rambler Wood Products for helping to create economic opportunity in Russell County.”

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