Business Briefs

By Staff | December 26, 2013

2 companies earn certification under PFI standards program
The Pellet Fuels Institute has certified Massena, N.Y.-based Curran Renewable Energy and American Wood Fibers, with locations in Circleville, Ohio, and Marion, Va., under the PFI Standards Program. The program is a third-party certification program that provides standard specifications for residential- and commercial-grade fuel. online retailer appoints CEO, the nation’s largest online wood pellet retailer, has appointed David Nydam as CEO. He will focus on driving further growth in the business. Nydam previously served as president of Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research, a source of market growth and segmentation data for technology-driven industries. Prior to BCC, he was vice president of marketing at EF Education for its direct-to-consumer Go Ahead Tours division.’s prior CEO, Tim Loucks, will remain active as a board member and advisor. 


Plum Creek Timber, Enova sign supply agreement  
Plum Creek Timber Co. has entered into a 10-year fiber supply and services agreement with The Enova Group. Under the agreement, Plum Creek will deliver up to 3 million tons annually of sustainably-managed wood fiber to three pellet manufacturing locations that will be constructed in the southeastern U.S. Approximately 500,000 tons will originate from Plum Creek’s timberlands with the remaining 2.5 million tons sourced and delivered from third-party landowners. 


Viridis Energy starts operations at Nova Scotia plant
Viridis Energy Inc. has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Scotia Atlantic Biomass Co. Ltd. has commenced operations and is producing wood pellets at its 120,000-ton-per-year plant in Middle Musquodoboit, Nova Scotia. The facility’s first shipment of pellets was sold for delivery in December. Viridis acquired the facility, which features five pellet processes, in February 2012. A two-year European off-take agreement is in place for its output. 


Biomass fuel producer earns USDA certified label
Eagle Valley Eco Fuels Inc. has earned the USDA certified biobased product label for its Brickenmore biomass fuel brick and fire starters. The USDA certified biobased product label verifies that the product’s amount of renewable, biobased ingredients meet or exceed prescribed USDA standards. 


Enova adds COO
Ken Ciarletta has been named chief operating officer of The Enova Group. He has more than 30 years of experience in the forest products and bioenergy business, with operations and sales experience in pulp and paper, solid and engineered wood products, timber management and procurement, and supply chain responsibilities. Ciarletta is a long-term leader with Georgia Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, and RWE Georgia Biomass. He was director of commercial and supply chain operations North America for Georgia Biomass. He previously served as plant manager for RWE’s Waycross pellet plant. 

Metso approves demerger
Metso Corp.’s extraordinary general meeting has approved the board of director’s proposed plan for a partial demerger, deciding to demerge Metso into two companies. Metso’s pulp, paper and power business will be transferred to a new company, Valmet Corp. Mining, construction and automation businesses will remain part of Metso. The demerger was expected to be complete Dec. 31.