A megamillion dollar wood fuel pellet plant is closer to becoming a reality, bringing jobs to South Mississippi and Alabama.
The Associated Press reports Maryland company Enviva has signed agreements with officials in George and Jackson Counties in Mississippi to build the 140 million dollar pellet mill in Lucedale, as well as a ship-loading facility in Pascagoula.
The report states Enviva expects to hire 90 employees in Lucedale, but as many as 300 loggers and truckers could be kept busy by the plant.
The wood pellets are used as fuel for power plants in Europe and Japan.
George Country officials tell the AP they have granted the company $13 million in tax breaks over the next 10 year,with the state throwing in $4 million in incentives.
Construction on the plant should begin later this year, and completed in 14 - 18 months.