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New jobs coming to Morehouse Parish

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MOREHOUSE PARISH, La., (KNOE 8 News) - A job bonanza was announced today for Morehouse Parish and Bastrop.

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and Drax Biomass International Inc. CEO Chuck Davis announced a more than $120 million investment by the company in Louisiana, where Drax Biomass plans to build a wood pellet facility in Bastrop and a storage-and-shipping facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge. The project will create 63 new direct jobs, with 47 of the jobs located at the Bastrop wood pellet facility and 16 jobs at the shipping facility in Port Allen near Baton Rouge. LED estimates the project will result in an additional 143 indirect jobs in the state. Drax will ship wood pellets formed in Morehouse Parish to its U.K. energy facilities for use in generating renewable power.

Governor Jindal said, "Today's announcement by Drax is evidence that we are attracting good companies here to create opportunities for our people.  Drax could have invested in other states, but chose Louisiana because of our strong business climate and our incomparable workforce. Drax's decision to invest here is not only good news for our economy and our workers, but also for our timber industry and this area."

With 169,000 acres of timberland as a renewable resource hub in Morehouse Parish, Drax also will draw on forestry products within a 50-mile radius of its wood pellet facility, to be located 10 miles north of Bastrop in the Beekman community. The project will tap private and industrial landowners who manage sustainable forests in the region, using logs and residual forest products that will be sized and dried before being pelletized at the Drax plant. The pellets will be further sized and conditioned for transport to the U.K. via bulk cargo ships.

"This is an exciting step for us," said Drax Biomass CEO, Davis. "With Louisiana's support, we are looking forward to moving these projects through development and into construction during the first part of 2013. Drax Biomass is focused on building and operating clean, safe manufacturing facilities that will support local economies, create long-term jobs, and interface with regional forest industries."

Historically reliant on coal to produce electricity, U.K. parent company Drax Group plc is advancing plans to transform into a predominantly biomass-fueled generator, burning sustainable biomass in place of coal.


For the Louisiana project, Drax Biomass also expects to generate 250 construction jobs at the peak of the yearlong building phase. Hiring will begin as the construction phase nears completion, estimated to be early in 2014.

The state began discussions with Drax in January 2012 about its plans for wood pellet facility. To secure the project, the state offered Drax a custom incentive package that will include a $1.7 million Economic Development Loan Program commitment that won't require repayment if the company meets payroll performance obligations. Drax will receive the services of the nation's No. 1-ranked state workforce training program, LED FastStart™, at no cost. The company also is expected to utilize Louisiana's Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption program incentives.

"It is exciting to have an international company select Morehouse Parish as a site for their North American expansion," said President Terry Matthews of the Morehouse Parish Police Jury. "The parish has a long history of welcoming industry, and this announcement confirms that we are still attractive to new development. The Morehouse Parish Police Jury is committed to do what we can to make Drax a successful addition to our community."   

"We appreciate the investment that Drax Biomass is making in our parish," said CEO Kay King of the Morehouse Economic Development Corporation. "The plant will create not only jobs in our parish but sustain the forestry industry in our region Developments of this size are always a team effort and there have been many dedicated people working at the state and local level to make this happen. It has been a pleasure for our organization to be involved in this process."


About Drax Biomass International Inc.

Drax Biomass (www.draxbiomass.com) is a development and operating company focused on manufacturing wood pellets for renewable, low-carbon power generation from sustainable biomass. Drax Biomass intends to employ proven, innovative practices and state-of-the-art technologies to manufacture a product that can be readily used to generate renewable energy by developing, building and operating safe and efficient wood pellet manufacturing facilities. Led by an experienced and entrepreneurial team, Drax Biomass will help support the forestry industry and its communities through economic development and manufacturing processes that use fiber from actively and sustainably managed forests. Drax Biomass is a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Drax Group plc (http://www.draxgroup.plc.uk/), a major electricity generator in the United Kingdom with a commitment to producing renewable power.

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