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United Biomass, LLC Holds Grand Opening and Quick Start
Training Partnership Ceremony

A large host of people, approximately 300, withstood the chilly weather Thursday, January 7, 2010, to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Grand Opening of the Nahunta United BioMass, LLC plant in the Industrial Park in Nahunta, Georgia (Brantley County.) The ceremonial activities began around noon with lunch and tours of the plant following the program, which included a signing ceremony formalizing the company’s participation in the Georgia QuickStart program.   

The biomass “Briquetting” facility will be producing product for the retail market and for the commercial heat and power industries in a briquette/puck configuration. The plant will have annual combined production capacities that will approach 100,000 MT’s. United BioFuels’ production of a densified wood log is the largest in North America.

United BioFuels CEO Les Dobbe and United BioFuel President John Ford brought the opening remarks. According to Dobbe, “Our flagship product in the retail arena is the GreenHeat Firelog. We are manufacturing this high energy product for retail distribution through a variety of regional venues. GreenHeat Firelogs provide your family a clean, efficient, and warm experience while providing the environment a break in CO2 emissions. An energy-strapped and ecological sensitive Europe has been implementing the process for decades.”

“The GreenHeat Firelog uses 100% natural product. You will discover a cleaner, longer, and hotter fire experience,”  says Dobbe.

Both Dobbe and Ford expressed appreciation to a number of persons and businesses who helped them throughout the build out of their briquette production facility. Dobbe gave a special thanks to those who were willing to take a risk for something new and different in order to make the community and region stronger and cleaner.

The Honorable Georgia House Representative Mark Williams also thanked those involved in the project, applauding the Brantley County leadership and Development Authority and their continued efforts to grow the community, and encouraged everyone there to tour the plant and try the GreenHeat firelogs.   The company was also welcomed to the community by Mr. Tim Sawyer, President of the Brantley County Chamber of Commerce, who offered the Chamber’s support to the company as they begin their location operation.

Jeanie Boland, Executive Director of the Brantley County Development Authority, was the guest speaker. Boland commented, “Grand openings are most certainly among a Development Authority’s favorite events, but an added plus is the friendships that are developed along the way.  On behalf of the Brantley County Development Authority Board of Directors, I welcome United BioMass to Brantley County and thank them for the contributions they will make to our economy, the jobs they have created, and the friendships that we now enjoy.”  Following her remarks, Boland turned the program over to Jan Melcher, who coordinated the signing ceremony. Representatives from each participating organization expressed their commitment to the Quick Start Training Plan before the official signing. Melcher, Director of Eastern Project Operations of Georgia Quick Start, introduced United BioMass, LLC Managing Partner Scott Rayala and Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton. The three signed a myriad of documents to commensurate the agreement and secure the training partnership in support of the new production facility.

Quick Start is Georgia’s internationally acclaimed economic development program that provides customized workforce training at no cost to qualified new, expanding and existing businesses in Georgia. Quick Start designs and develops the training programs and materials in addition to providing instructors who deliver the custom designed programs. The training program for United BioMass, LLC includes job specific training for the various positions required at the briquetting facility.

Another training partner, Okefenokee Technical College, is available to assist the company with ongoing training programs and to provide graduates for potential employment with the company. Okefenokee Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is one of the area’s top providers of workforce development and contract training.  

Ribbon Cutting

Photo 1 by Wayne Morgan: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

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Photo 2: Les Dobbe, CEO for United BioFuels, Inc. opened the ceremony.

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Photo 3: John Ford, President of United BioFuels, Inc., also addressed those attending the event.

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Photo 4: Representative Mark Williams congratulated United BioFuels, Inc., officials and the citizens of Brantley County for the new United BioMass, LLC plant and production startup.

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Photo 5: Jeanie Boland, Executive Director of the Brantley County Development Authority, was the guest speaker.

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Photo 6: Tim Sawyer, President of the Brantley County Chamber of Commerce, offered the Chamber’s support to the company as they begin their Nahunta operation.

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Photo 7: Jan Melcher (left), Director of Eastern Project Operations of Georgia Quick Start, United BioMass, LLC Managing Partner Scott Rayala (center) and Okefenokee Technical College President Dr. Gail Thaxton (right) participated in a signing ceremony at the grand opening of the biomass plant in Nahunta on January 7. The signing served to commensurate the agreement and secure the training partnership and commitment of each organization represented in support of the new production facility.

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Photo 8: Approximately 200 people filled the production plant in Nahunta for the grand event. Many attendees had to stand, as the turnout proved to be “grand.” Well wishers came from several counties to help celebrate the occasion.

 


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