Pellets
Nov. 30, 2009, Edmonton – Dansons, a family-owned wood stove and barbeque maker and wood pellet distributor, has plans to build a wood pellet plant in Edson, Alberta, with joint-venture partner Sundance Forest Industries, producing 30,000 to 100,000 tonnes/year, reports the Edmonton Journal. | READ MORE
Nov. 19, 2009, St. John’s, NL – Cottles Island Lumber Company, located 1 km south of Summerford, Newfoundland, has invested in a pellet plant and is now supplying premium wood pellets to stores throughout Atlantic Canada, reports VOCM Radio. | READ MORE
  Nov. 11, 2009, Saint-Quentin, NB – The federal and provincial governments are making a $7-million investment in Groupe Savoie.
Nov. 6, 2009, Montreal – CN rail is on track to haul more than 800,000 tons of wood pellets this year and sees more opportunities in the future for this source of heating energy.
Nov. 4, 2009, Holland, MI – Michigan Wood Pellet Fuel is increasing its production and workforce to keep up with pellet demand, and is producing at 100% of capacity, reports WZZM 13.
Nov. 4, 2009, Burnham, ME – International Woodfuels plans to break ground on a 100,000 tons/year wood-pellet plant in Maine by early spring, reports the Morning Sentinel.
Oct. 27, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – Atikokan Renewable Fuels aims to take delivery of pellet mills in January 2010 to begin wood pellet production in March, reports the Chronicle Journal.
Oct. 27, 2009, Cornwall, ON - Several months after breaking ground for a wood pellet plant in Ingleside, Ontario, the $80-million facility is still in the design phase. The Standard Freeholder reports.
Oct. 15, 2009, St-Quentin, NB - Groupe Savoie is currently building a pellet plant in Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick.
Oct. 8, 2009 - Wood pellet manufacturer Enligna Canada is expanding its production capabilities in Upper Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia, to meet international demands.
Oct. 2, 2009, Sault Ste. Marie, ON - The Fibre Brain project to build a pellet plant in Sault Ste. Marie may move north to Algoma District if it can make a deal for a long-term supply of fibre. The Sault Star reports.
Oct. 1, 2009, Chattanooga, TN - Astec Industries has acquired Industrial Mechanical & Integration (IMI), a small, Walkerton, Ontario, company that has wood-pellet mill technology.
Sep. 30, 2009, North Clarendon, VT - The Vermont Wood Pellet Company celebrated its grand opening at the end of September and expects to produce 10,000 tons of pellets this year, reports Vermont Public Radio.
Sep. 28, 2009, Massena, NY - Curran Renewable Energy will increase production and hire up to six workers within the next week to help meet a huge jump in demand for the wood pellets, reports the Watertown Daily Times.
Sep. 23, 2009 - At least two New Brunswick sawmill companies are considering adding pellet plants to make use of the residual sawdust, reports the Telegraph-Journal.
Sep. 3, 2009, Seattle, WA - Demand for wood pellets and investments in pellet plants continue to grow despite the global financial crises and tight credit markets. In some countries, the current slowdown in the economy has actually had a positive effect on the biomass industry because politicians have often favored bioenergy and pellet-based heating projects in governmentally funded economic stimulus packages.
Aug. 31, 2009, Goffstown, New Hampshire - WoodPellets.com, a New Hampshire-based distributor and online retailer of wood pellets and biomass fuels for residential heating, has raised $11 million in Series B funding. Monitor Clipper Partners led the round, and was joined by return backer .406 Ventures.
The year 2009 will be known as the “Best of Times and the Worst of Times.”  Canadian wood pellet manufacturers have hit limits to pellet production from sawmill residues because of the downturn in the forest industry of sawn lumber for the U.S. housing market.
Making pellets from roundwood may seem like black magic to most of Canada’s growing forestry biomass sector, but for Pat Curran it’s all in a day’s work. It’s also a no-brainer. Driving into the yard at Curran Renewable Energy’s recently started pellet mill, the logger and forestry entrepreneur points to several piles of wood chips and summarizes his rationale for investing $10 million in one of North America’s first green-wood pellet plants.
To complement our pellet manufacturing feature in this issue of Canadian Biomass, we provide an update of available pellet manufacturing equipment. This guide offers a concise summary of what’s available in technology levels and capacities to suit the needs of industry professionals, with all information provided by the equipment manufacturers and suppliers. Discover the benefits and operator/owner features of this new and updated technology. – Compiled by Colleen Cross.
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