ENVIVA GETS GREEN LIGHT ON CONSTRUCTION OF $175 MILLION WOOD PRODUCTION PLANT
Livingston, Ala. — Governor Kay Ivey joined local leaders and executives at <a href=”http://www.envivabiomass.com/”>Enviva</a> on Friday, announcing the $175 million investment towards constructing a wood production plant in Sumter County.
The proposed facility, to be located at the <a href=”http://advantagealabama.com/sites/4762/port-of-epes-industrial-park/county-highway-21/epes/sumter-county/edpa-advantage-alabama-site-profile-4762.html”>Port of Epes Industrial Park</a>, will provide at least 85 jobs and generate about 180 additional jobs in logging, transportation, and other areas.
“We are very excited about the prospect of Enviva joining Alabama’s business community with a very important manufacturing project in Sumter County,” Governor Ivey said. “Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets for energy, and Alabama is proud to support the company’s efforts to provide a renewable fuel solution for worldwide power generation.”
The sustainably sourced pellets produced at the plant will be transported via the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to the terminal at Pascagoula before being exported to Europe and Asia.
“The jobs and economic development this project would create would serve to uplift not only individuals and families but the entire Sumter County community,” said U.S. Rep. <a href=”https://sewell.house.gov/”>Terri Sewell</a>.
Enviva expects construction to begin in early 2020 and take between 15 and 18 months.