Governor McCrory Celebrates Opening of Enviva Pellets Northampton
Washington D.C. – May 20, 2013: The Honorable Governor Patrick L. McCrory joined Dr. John R. Jones, Chairman of the Northampton County Economic Development Commission, Mr. Robert V. Carter, Chairman of the Northampton County Board of Commissioners, Mr. John K. Keppler, Chairman and CEO of Enviva, and distinguished guests today to celebrate the opening of Enviva Pellets Northampton, a wood pellet production facility with a capacity of 500,000 metric tons per year.
The plant employs 79 full time employees and is estimated to support approximately 130 additional jobs in the forestry supply chain and transportation and logistics industry. Wood pellets produced at this facility are exported through Enviva’s Port of Chesapeake export terminal in Virginia to European energy utility customers. Energy utilities use wood pellet fuel as a low carbon coal alternative to improve the environmental profile of energy generation.
“Our manufacturing footprint in North Carolina plays an important role in meeting that demand and in delivering environmental and economic benefits both to our customers and to the region’s forests, timber owners, and logging and manufacturing workforce,” said Enviva Chairman and CEO, John Keppler.
“Enviva’s decision to locate this facility in Northampton County is a big win for the region, the forest products industry and the State of North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “They are creating good jobs in a growing industry and represent exactly the kind of business North Carolina needs to continue to attract to our state.”