NE Wood Pellet to officially open NY pellet plant

By Anna Austin | June 02, 2011

New England Wood Pellet will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its 85,000-ton-per-year wood pellet plant in Deposit, N.Y., on June. 9, at 1 p.m. EDT.

Attending the ceremony will be NE Wood Pellet CEO Steve Walker, Sen. John Bonacic, R-N.Y., (invited), New York State Assemblyman Cliff Crouch, and Delaware County Industrial Development Authority Chair Jim Thomson.

The facility was constructed on the site of a former plant owned by Norbord Industries, a company that manufactures wood-based panels. The Norbord plant closed in 2009, and NE Wood Pellet completed construction of the pellet plant at the end of April 2011, said the company’s General Manager Charlie Niebling. It incorporates new design innovations including efficient dryer gas recirculation and other modifications developed by Walker. 

The $14.5 million Deposit plant is the largest in the Northeast U.S., according to NE Wood Pellet. Niebling said the plant will supply southern New York, eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey. It accompanies NE Wood Pellet’s two other plants in Jaffrey, N.H., and Schuyler, N.Y., bringing the company’s total annual wood pellet capacity to 250,000 tons.

NE Wood Pellet also operates a design and fabrication division in Jaffrey, where its plant components are engineered and built, and owns and operates a rail-based packaging and reload facility in Palmer, Mass.