Biofuel facility planned for Sandersville, Ga.

A $60 million wood pellet manufacturing plant is expected to create 35 jobs in Sandersville, Ga.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development announced Tuesday that General Biofuels Georgia LLC will construct a facility in Washington County that will open in early 2014.

The plant will manufacture industrial-grade wood pellets for a major European utility under a long-term contract. The plant’s capacity will be about 440,000 tons per year.

The feedstock will come from Georgia timberlands and local lumber producers. Pellets from the plant will be loaded into railcars for transport by the Sandersville Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railway to the Port of Savannah for storage and shipping, according to the development department.

“The biofuels industry in Georgia is growing by leaps and bounds. We have more commercial timberland than any other state in the country, as well as the workforce and the logistics infrastructure needed to move the product quickly and efficiently to market,” said Chris Cummiskey, the commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

General Biofuels Georgia is part of the General Biofuels group, headquartered in California. The company is an international developer of wood pellet and energy crop pellet manufacturing facilities.

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