Allendale County will be the new home for Thunderbolt Biomass, Inc., a manufacturer of wood pellets from sawmill residuals. The company will be investing $6 million, and creating 35 new jobs, as it building new processing operations in Allendale County. The company is planning to .
“Thunderbolt Biomass is very pleased to announce its plans for a new pellet mill in Allendale, S.C. We are very happy to be building this plant in an area of abundant forestry resources, infrastructure and with the active support of the S.C. Department of Commerce and the SouthernCarolina Economic Alliance, whose personnel and expertise were critical in bringing this project to Allendale,” said Knox Grant, president of Thunderbolt Biomass. “We intend to be good partners in developing our business here, to hire locally as much as we can and look forward to many profitable years in this community.”
At the new facility, Thunderbolt Biomass will produce industrial renewable fuel from biomass sourced from the area adjacent to the plant. Additionally, the plant will produce a variety of raw materials, such as sawmill residuals, forestry residuals, thinnings and in-woods chip operations. The facility will also produce horse and animal beddings, domestic fuel and more.
“Companies come to our state and invest in our people because of all our state has to offer, and we’re excited to see what the future holds for Thunderbolt Biomass in Allendale County,” said SC Gov. Henry McMaster.
The new plant will be located on an eight-acre site at 1624 Bluff Road in Allendale, S.C., the company’s Allendale County operations will be housed in a 14,550-square-foot metal building. A wood pellet mill, with a capacity of 60,000 tons per annum, will also be installed on the site. Adjacent to the building will be raw material reception equipment, a dryer, storage silos, sieves, hammermills and environmental equipment.
The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has approved job development credits related to this project. Allendale County was also awarded a $100,000 Rural Infrastructure Fund grant to assist with costs related to this project.