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Wood Pellet Business Is Hot
Dogwood Energy got into the wood pellet business as a backup, but it became a moneymaker on its own. Bill Sasher originally set up his company to market ethanol stills, but discovered the market for wood pallets might be even better.
"We found a niche in the wood pellet business and it not only supplemented the ethanol business, it became our main thrust," says Shelly McClanahan, Sasher's daughter and spokesperson for Dogwood Energy.
The company works both ends of the wood pellet business, selling pelletizers (ranging from $800,000 to $2,000,000 for a turnkey operation) but also selling wood pellets.
"We sell direct to consumers," explains McClanahan. "We have very high quality pellets made with 90 percent hardwood and no fillers or additives. They burn with less than 1 percent ash and 1/2 percent fine particles."
Dogwood Energy delivers truckloads of palletized pellets from California to New York. Prices vary from $289 to $379 per ton for a minimum 2-ton order and as much as an additional $90 delivery fee, depending on the state. Pellets come 50 bags to a shrink-wrapped pallet.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dogwood Energy, LLC, 301 N. Jackson St., P.O. Box 875, Tullahoma, Tenn. 37388 (ph 931 563-2308; dogwoodenergy@gmail.com; www.dogwoodenergy.com).

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2006 - Volume #30, Issue #4