Second pellet plant proposed in Pownal

Second pellet plant proposed in Pownal

There are 8 comments on the North Adams Transcript story from Jun 23, 2010, titled Second pellet plant proposed in Pownal. In it, North Adams Transcript reports that:

A Manchester business owner said Monday that he would like to build a wood pellet manufacturing plant on the site of the former Northeast Wood Products company, adjacent to the former Green Mountain Race Track site, where a Massachusetts company has proposed a larger, similar facility.

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From Williamstown

Williamstown, MA

#1 Jun 23, 2010
"He said such matters can often boil down to semantics, as similar operations have processed wood to be used as animal bedding and thus are qualified as agricultural operations. "

Actually, that's not true. In fact a shavings mill was shut down over in Stephentown NY, because they said it was NOT agricultural, and that it was manufacturing.

Is this all just an interpretive dance routine? Or does VT have a different reading on what is, or is not Ag?
From Williamstown

Williamstown, MA

#2 Jun 23, 2010
Sorry, "Processing" not manufacturing.

http://eastwickpress.com/news/2009/12/stephen...
Townie

Clockville, NY

#3 Jun 23, 2010
That's right!! No wind. No Biomass. No Hydro. No jobs. Keep raising taxes and giving the money to the Arts.
Bart

Williamstown, MA

#4 Jun 23, 2010
Townie wrote:
That's right!! No wind. No Biomass. No Hydro. No jobs. Keep raising taxes and giving the money to the Arts.
Amen!!
prison

Adams, MA

#5 Jun 23, 2010
There is some investigation going on internally in the town. ah. the sweet sound of prison bars. FINALLY.
Justanothermom

Clockville, NY

#6 Jun 23, 2010
prison wrote:
There is some investigation going on internally in the town. ah. the sweet sound of prison bars. FINALLY.
What is that suppose to mean?
bushwacker

Summitville, IN

#7 Jun 23, 2010
did adams have a place that made pellets oh yah it closed oh well
From Williamstown

Williamstown, MA

#8 Jun 24, 2010
bushwacker wrote:
did adams have a place that made pellets oh yah it closed oh well
Pellet plants are not the big money maker that everyone expects they are going to be.
Its a huge investment in physical plant equipment, and its suffers from largely seasonal sales base. Many of them go out of business as the costs just end up out weighing the benefits for much longer than the average small business person can handle.(You expect to lose money for the first year, but after that, it starts to get draining..)

Put that together with the local govt and their wildly fluctuating interpretation of codes and guidelines, and it really isn't profitable, unless you are doing more than one thing.
(Like shavings, and or saw mill...)

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