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Drax Biomass: LaSalle BioEnergy begins pellet production


This week, Drax Biomass Inc., a leading manufacturer of sustainably sourced compressed wood pellets, began

start up production at its newest facility, LaSalle BioEnergy in Urania, Louisiana.
 
“This is a very exciting moment, we have a dedicated and motivated work force that after months of upgrades,

retrofits, and training is ready to produce,” said Pete Madden, president and CEO of Drax Biomass. “We knew

this was a strong facility, in an ideal location and we are eager for it to come online.”
 
LaSalle BioEnergy will employee approximately 78 employees and is the third pellet plant in DBI’s portfolio

including Morehouse BioEnergy in Bastrop, Louisiana, and Amite BioEnergy in Gloster, Mississippi. The wood

pellet manufacturing facility, which is roughly 160 miles northwest of Baton Rouge can produce approximately

450,000 metric tons of wood pellets per year.
 
A series of upgrades and repairs have been ongoing at the plant since the acquisition in early April of 2017,

supporting a further investment of more than $20 million for the region. The asset was a strategic investment

considering LaSalle BioEnergy’s proximity to an abundant wood basket and its production capacity that supports

DBI’s strategy of increasing self-supply.
 
LaSalle BioEnergy further demonstrates DBI’s commitment to the revitalization of the local wood products sector,

which has suffered in recent years from the closure of several large-scale paper mills. Drax Biomass is committed

to expanding its positive presence and supporting the communities in which it operates by promoting sustainable

forestry and investing in local economic development.


                                                                                                                                                                                         Source:Biomass Magazine