JH Kelly Selected To Construct Biomass Fuel Pellet Production Facility In John Day, Oregon
The new facilities will utilize biomass harvested from private lands as well as nearby U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.
JH Kelly has been selected as the general contractor to partner with Malheur Lumber for the following work scopes: concrete and building, equipment installation, electrical and controls. JH Kelly will self-perform the majority of this work.
Malheur Lumber received a $4.8 million grant for the construction of a 22,000 ton per year compressed wood and pellet plant. The grant opportunity was made possible by the U.S. Forest Service and funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Malheur National Forest officials worked in conjunction with Business Oregon staff to make the pellet fuel project possible. The Recovery Act grant will allow Ochoco Lumber, doing business in John Day as the Malheur Lumber Company, along with its partner Bear Mountain Forest Products, to produce pine fuel pellets for retail sale in the Pacific Northwest as well as Bear Bricks, a compressed fuel product. The new facilities will utilize biomass harvested from private lands as well as nearby U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands. The plant will produce pellets for bulk delivery to fuel pellet boilers in hospitals, schools and other commercial and government buildings in the region. The company also hopes to significantly increase production by providing fuel pellets to large industrial users such as utility companies. The recovery funds will help the company purchase and install a new drying system, two pellet-making machines and the infrastructure necessary for the boiling and drying processes.
JH Kelly is a fourth generation, family-owned construction company that self-performs industrial general contracting services at process plants and provides commercial mechanical services at facilities throughout the great Pacific Northwest. Our project teams are made up of great people and their ability to plan and execute challenging projects has resulted in a loyal customer following and national safety awards.