By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – A unanimous vote by the board of aldermen for the city of Aberdeen sealed a deal that will bring a bio-fuel facility to its port.
During the July 17 aldermen meeting, city attorney John Dudley Williams was given approval to negotiate the sale of the city-owned property to SPW and Associates for the plant.
“We’re very excited to have the opportunity to come to Aberdeen to utilize as much existing equipment as possible and employ more people,” said Mark Warner, president and chief executive officer of Centra Energy.
Assessing and testing of equipment will take a few months and construction of the plant will take 18 to 24 months through phases before production begins.
SPW and Associates is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala.
“Attracting the bio-fuel plant means an economic boost for us with new inudstry coming to town. We are actively seeking additional opportunities for the citizens of this town and we’re more than happy to welcome SPW and Associates as neighbors to our community,” said Mayor Cecil Belle.
The hiring process will begin during the latter phases of construction and the bio-fuel plant has the potential of creating more than 100 jobs at compacity.
“SPW and Associates, along with its subsidiary Centra Energy, is deeply involved in alternative energy. This will be the latest thermochemical conversion technology,” Warner said.
Aberdeen is one of several sites being developed by the company throughout the United States.
“Between the availability of plenty of feed stock materials and the location on the Tenn-Tom, Aberdeen is a great location,” Warner said.
“It’s good to see industrial assets being put back in Aberdeen. The bio-fuel plant is a good asset for this site,” said Tony Green, president of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber of Commerce worked with the City of Aberdeen to attract the plant.