Business Briefs

By Anna Simet | October 06, 2017

Great Northern Timber Group to buy Scotia Atlantic Biomass 
Great Northern Timber Group has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant, pending due diligence and court approval.  

The Scotia Atlantic Biomass facility is located near Musquodoboit in central Nova Scotia, and has a production capacity of approximately 120,000 metric tons per year. The facility was previously owned and operated by Viridis Energy Inc. GNT intends to restart pellet production at the plant late in the fourth quarter of this year, following mill repairs and upgrades that will address productivity and output.

CPM acquires Di Più
CPM Holdings Inc. has acquired Breganze, Italy-based Di Più Macchine Impianti. Founded in 1996, Di Più is a leading supplier of mechanical and hydraulic briquetting machinery and replacement parts. Di Più will be organized under CPM Europe B.V., and will play an integral role in CPM Global Biomass Group.

Former owners Andrea and Enrico Benetti will continue to serve Di Più in leadership and management roles, and will guide integration and alignment efforts into the larger CPM organization.

The acquisition significantly expands CPM's agglomeration portfolio, serving biomass, recycling and metal waste industries with sales, service, production and process technology centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Tooke replaces Tidwell as forest service chief
USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has retired, effective Sept. 1, after serving at the post since June 2009. Taking over as chief is Tony Tooke, who most recently served as regional forester for the Southern Region. He also previously served as associate deputy chief for the National Forest System with oversight of Lands and Realty, Minerals and Geology, Ecosystem Management Coordination, Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers, the National Partnership Office, and Business Administration and Support Services.

Tidwell announced his retirement following a 40-year career, during which he advanced from firefighter to a district ranger, forest supervisor and head of the U.S. Forest Service

Grants available for Wood Stove Design Challenge
The Alliance for Green Heat has released a request for proposals from teams seeking to compete in the 2018 Wood Stove Design Challenge, for grants of up to $10,000. Grants for the challenge, which promotes innovation in automated cord wood stoves and thermoelectric generation from stoves, are being provided by the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technology Office.

Participants will compete in two events.  The first seeks to automate wood stoves with sensors or controls that improve thermal efficiency, emissions and ease of use.  The second competition will focus on thermoelectric wood stoves that generate electricity to power lights, cell phones or home batteries. Teams select which area they intend to compete in, and may compete in both. Applications are due Nov. 1.

Seth Walker joins FutureMetrics
Seth Walker has joined FutureMetrics as senior economist and director of business development. Walker brings a fresh, analytical perspective and will be developing new reports and products to enhance FutureMetrics' offerings to the wood pellet sector.

Walker has extensive knowledge and experience in the bioenergy and forest products sectors, global wood pellet markets. Prior to joining FutureMetrics, Walker spent seven years at RISI Inc., most recently as senior bioenergy economist. While at RISI, Walker conducted due diligence, fiber supply, and policy analysis studies for the forest products and bioenergy industries.  He also held roles covering the North American and international timber markets.

Walker holds a Bachelor of Science in Resource Economics and Commerce and a Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island.

AFPA welcomes Pinnacle Renewable Energy as new member
The Alberta Forest Products Association announced that Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has joined the association, as of July 1. Pinnacle is a manufacturer of wood pellets, with seven facilities in Alberta and British Columbia, and shipping capacity through the Port of Prince Rupert. The company’s new plant in Entwistle, Alberta, represents an $85 million investment in the province’s economy.

“I am very pleased that Pinnacle has chosen to join our Association,” said Paul Whittaker, president and CEO of AFPA. “Their investment in Alberta will help to diversify the economy and create jobs. Additionally, Pinnacle manufactures a sustainable product that makes use of residual materials and provides customers around the world with an environmentally friendly heating solution.”