Westervelt Co. breaks ground at wood fuel pellet plant near Aliceville

By Chris Pow – Al.com
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Westervelt Renewable Energy, a division of the Westervelt Co., held a ground-breaking for its new wood fuel pellet production facility Tuesday, according to a report by the Tuscaloosa News.

Gov. Robert Bentley attended the ceremonies at the future site of the plant, which will replace the former Huyck Felt plant west of Aliceville on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.

The facility will create 110 total jobs, the News reports.

According to Westervelt officials, the plant is expected to start producing pellets from woody biomass in November 2012 as it begins the first phase of production. Wood pellets are burned as an alternative energy source and used by utility providers in Europe.

Westervelt has partnered with German firms Dieffenbacher, Inc. and E.ON and will ship wood fuel pellets produced in the facility to Europe.

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