The US wood pellet manufacturing sector is dominated by many small plants serving local markets. As the chart in the link below shows, of the 121 plants in the US that are equal to or larger than 15,000 tons per year of nameplate capacity, half are smaller than 60,000 tons per year and 75% are under 100,000 tons per year.
The larger plants are primarily producing for the export markets. Most of the smaller plants are producing wood pellets for local or regional markets around their locations.
The map on the next page shows the locations of the 121 plants. The height of the bars is based on their reported nameplate production capacity. The most of the larger export oriented plants are located in the southern states and near the coast to take advantage of fast growing lower cost southern yellow pine plantation fiber and to maximize mill-to-port logistics.