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Enviva kicks off construction on wood pellet plant in Sumter County

EPES, Alabama — Bethesda, Maryland-based Enviva Inc., the world’s leading producer of sustainably sourced woody biomass, recorded a milestone today with a ceremony to mark the official start of construction on a wood pellet plant in Sumter County.

Governor Kay Ivey joined Enviva executives and community leaders at the groundbreaking event this afternoon at the site in Epes where the company is building a state-of-the-art production facility for the sustainable, renewable energy source.

“Make no mistake about it, this is a very big day for West Alabama,” Governor Ivey said. “Enviva’s commitment here at the Port of Epes will breathe new life into this community and region as a whole.

Once operational, Enviva’s Alabama plant is expected to support approximately 350 direct and indirect jobs, including positions in industries such as logging and trucking.

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