Barbecue wood pellets supplier Dansons USA plans to renovate a former Georgia-Pacific facility in Hope, AR into a new wood pellet mill and distribution center, the company announced in a release Wednesday.
The company will install three pelleters in the 335,000-sq-ft facility, giving the site an initial capacity of 100,000 tn of pellets. If the company decides to expand production, space is available for nine pelleters with a combined capacity of 300,000 tn. Once operational, the facility will also function as a distribution center for wood pellets and barbecue grills.
“Dansons is setting the barbecue world on fire with its high-quality wood pellets and top-flight pellet grills,” said Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson in a statement. “Dansons and Hope are a perfect match. Dansons needs wood. Arkansas has wood. Dansons needs a first-rate workforce. Arkansans are the hardest working and smartest employees anywhere.”
Pellets made at the Hope plant will support the company’s Pit Boss and Louisiana brands of grills.
“We are blessed to be able to expand our operation and open our new pellet mill location in Hope, AR,” Dansons President Jeff Thiessen said in the release. “The state of Arkansas has been the most welcoming, most friendly and most encouraging location we’ve ever done business in.”
The global wood pellets market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.12% between 2019 and 2027, reaching a value of $14.5 billion by the end of the period, according to a recent forecast issued by Transparency Market Research.