GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) – Two new wood pellet facilities in South Mississippi are expected to bring hundreds of jobs and economic growth to Jackson and George counties.

George County announced Monday that the board of supervisors voted to build a $140 million wood pellet facility at the county’s Industrial Park. That move, which has been in the works for years, is expected to create 90 new full-time jobs, 300 construction jobs, and an estimated 300 indirect jobs in the timber and transportation industry.

It’s an agreement with Enviva Wood Pellets, the largest producer of wood pellets in the world. But the economic growth is not stopping at the production plant in George County.

Enviva will also build a distribution plant at the Port of Pascagoula, creating even more job opportunities. Construction on the $60 million distribution plant is expected to begin this year.

Enviva currently operates six plants in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Amory, MS.

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