Update on Pellet Mill Map Progress
It’s almost done. The 2012 U.S. & Canada Pellet Mill Map is one proof away from being ready for print. And I’m very proud of the product we put together.
The Pellet Mill Magazine team was able to verify the operational status of about 175 plants in the U.S. and Canada. And we didn’t use the word verify lightly. Only plants we were able to reach by phone or email to collect the information we needed for the map are included on it. The importance of that rule was demonstrated while making calls to these plants.
As most of you know, I had pulled more than 20 lists together from other organizations and databases, to get every single facility listed anywhere as a pellet mill. I wanted my list to be comprehensive and complete. But as we started calling each mill on the list, we found many were out of business or without valid phone numbers. Some of those plants were facilities listed in multiple other “up-to-date” databases we had used to build our own list.
One of the many reasons I am so proud of this project is simply the fact that the pellet industry needs this verified information. Clearly, too many lists are floating around that include pellet mills closed years ago, and even some that never existed. Multiple mills have been sold to other companies and are still found under previous owners’ names on several pellet mill reference lists. I’m not slamming other pellet mill lists, as they were very beneficial to us. I’m just saying this work has led to a wonderful and accurate portrayal of the pellet industry and I think you will all find it helpful. Read more about what we found in data collection here.
Also, I promise to be more modest in my next blog.