New Arizona Wood Pellet Mill Opens

A wood pellet mill is now in operation at the old Smith Moulding plant west of Snowflake, according to Tracy Wilson, one of three partners in the venture. Wilson, along with partners Allen Kauffman and Dan Holderman, bought the pellet-making equipment from the owners of the now defunct Precision Pellet business last December. The small […]

A wood pellet mill is now in operation at the old Smith Moulding plant west of Snowflake, according to Tracy Wilson, one of three partners in the venture. Wilson, along with partners Allen Kauffman and Dan Holderman, bought the pellet-making equipment from the owners of the now defunct Precision Pellet business last December.

The small operation currently employs five people in one shift, but Wilson said the number should grow to 12 to 15 employees working around the clock by the end of this year.

“We bought the equipment from the previous owners who were employed by Smith Moulding,” Wilson said. “They started creating a very good client base. They made very clean pellets and that’s important.” Wilson noted that dirty pellets produce “clinkers,” small bits of debris which can end up clogging parts of a wood pellet stove.

“These gentlemen who had the pellet facility we bought did a very good job of creating clean pellets,” Wilson said. “When the logging industry shut down they had to shut down. We bought their equipment, and they trained us and taught us how to operate it, so we’re making a very clean pellet.” He said they have been busy re-establishing themselves in both the local market place and out of the area.

Wilson added that Southwest Renewable Resources is also busy developing other uses beyond simple wood stove pellets, including making a product for use as fuel in biomass electric co-generation plants. “We’re getting a lot of interest from overseas,” he said.

From Arizona Journal: http://www.azjournal.com/2014/02/26/new-pellet-mill-opens-in-snowflake/

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