Northeast Wood Products LLC commenced pellet production in December at its retrofitted 120,000-ton-per-year pellet plant located in the Jasper Industrial Park in Jasper, Tennessee. Now, poised for ramp up, the company is waiting on the sidelines until the market rebounds.
Guy Mozzicato, president of NWP, said some modifications are being done to the feed system at the Jasper plant to fix dust issues, as well as some adjustments are underway to contain fugitive fiber. “Aside from that, the plant is ready to function at its designed capacity of 120,000 tons per year,” Mozzicato said.
He added extensions are in place to house additional pellet mills. “Basically, the entire infrastructure is there,” he said. “Given the market conditions—the strength of the dollar, the soft demand for the export markets—we’re just seeing where heating oil goes this year and where temperatures go. We’re all dressed and ready to play, we are just sitting on the bench right now.”