The Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Enviva Pellet Sampson. Enviva opened three years ago to meet the growing need to connect biomass sources to energy consumers. Enviva, a 200-acre facility outside Faison, employs 92 people who create biomass pellets from trees. Once the trees arrive at Enviva, they are converted to pellets within 24 hours. The pellets are then transported to the Port of Wilmington and shipped overseas. The pellets, displacing coal, help to reduce gas emissions.
Enviva Pellets Sampson generates 2,000-3,000 tons of pellets per day and one truck is loaded with pellets every nine minutes. Each truck transports up to 30 tons of pellets to the Port of Wilmington. Their plant capacity is 550,000 metric ton per year.
Sampson Plant Manager Steve Schaar provided an overview of the facility to chamber and town representatives, explaining the pellet process. After a question and answer session, the group posed for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Mount Olive Chamber President Julie Beck, Mount Olive Mayor Joe Scott and members of the chamber board and town board joined Enviva employees for the ribbon cutting.
According to Chris Brown, community relations manager, “Sustainability of the environment, safety of our employees and putting our personnel first are our priorities. We are proud to be a part of the community and the Mount Olive Area Chamber of Commerce.”
Enviva Sampson is located at 11499 Faison Highway. You may reach them at 984-789-3640.
The Mount Olive Chamber of Commerce works closely with businesses to promote economic development in the community. For more information on the chamber of commerce, contact Julie Beck at 919-658-3113.