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Forest Service Reveals Immediate Forest Plans

U.S. Forest Service reported it sold 2.87 billion BF of timber sales (compared to the agency target of 4 billion BF) in fiscal 2021, a decrease from 3.2 billion BF in FY 2020, according to the agency’s Fiscal Year 2023 Budget Justification document. The sold volume was valued at $197 million…

Origin Materials Plans Biomass-Based Facility

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Origin Materials, a carbon-negative materials company committed to the global transition to sustainable materials, announced that the company plans an investment of at least $750 million to develop a biomass manufacturing facility in Ascension Parish that will result in…

Resolute Purchases Nearby Cogen Facility

Resolute announced an agreement for the purchase of a cogeneration facility in Senneterre, Quebec. The purchase of the 34.5 MW cogeneration facility, adjacent to Resolute’s Senneterre sawmill, builds on its significant investments in the region, including the ongoing project toward a new planer and…

FSC Halts Certification Of Russian Products

In early March the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) suspended trading certificates in Russia and Belarus and announced it would “block wood sourcing” from the two countries as long as the armed conflict in Ukraine continued. According to the FSC announcement, “Wood and forest products from Russia and Belarus…

Drax Gets Satellite Pellet Plant Going

Drax Group is ramping up to full production at Leola—the first of three new satellite pellet plants it plans for Arkansas. Leola, in Grant County, is part of a $40 million investment by Drax in the state, creating approximately 30 new jobs across all the three sites planned for Arkansas as well as many more…

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Drax Satellite Mills Go With BE&E

Drax Group has chosen Biomass Engineering & Equipment to supply material handling, layout engineering, and mechanical installation for its three recently announced pellet plants in Arkansas. BE&E will manufacture bulk receiving bins, disc screeners, SMART conveyors, SMART containers and covered pellet…

Kirk Morton Now West Salem COO

West Salem Machinery (WSM) is pleased to announce Kirk Morton has joined the management team as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Morton will be focused on WSM’s strategic goals for growth, customer service, efficient operations, and…

More Orders, More Workforce For Rottne

Rottne Industri AB, Smaland, Sweden, reports that an upswing in machinery sales that accelerated at the start of the year is steering the company to recruit new employees in several departments. “It was a gigantic challenge for us…

Hybrid Solar-Biomass Plant Is Running

Two 20.5 MW heaters manufactured by Sugimat for Termosolar Borges, the world’s first solar thermal-biomass hybrid plant, are operating at full capacity after successful performance tests. The plant, unique in the world due to its…

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