PFI qualifies 2 more NWP facilities into standards program

By Pellet Fuels Institute | July 07, 2016

The Pellet Fuels Institute recently announced the qualification of two new pellet fuels manufacturing facilities owned by Northeast Wood Products into the Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program. The two facilities, located in Liogner, Indiana, and Peebles, Ohio, are the 25th and 26th facilities qualified by the program; NWP’s facility in Jasper, Tennessee, was previously qualified. The PFI Standards Program is a third-party accreditation program providing specifications for residential and commercial-grade pellet fuel.

“We welcome Northeast Wood Products’ two additional facilities into the PFI Standards Program,” said Stephen Faehner, chairman of the PFI board of directors. “Pellet fuels from qualified manufacturers are more easily accessible than ever. To identify pellets from a qualified producer, all someone has to do is look for the PFI quality mark on the bag. Many retailers look for the quality mark when making decisions on which pellet fuel brands to purchase. We look forward to many more PFI Standards Program members.”

“We at Northeast Wood Products are proud to have two more facilities qualified by the program,” said Mike Reid of Northeast Wood Products. “It has been worth our time and investment to qualify all three of our facilities into the program. Our customers and retailers value our consistent quality, and now we have that extra proof with the PFI quality mark on our products bags. We expect our PFI Standards Program qualification to lead to market growth for our business.”

In qualifying for the standards program, the two facilities join companies across the country with previously qualified facilities: New England Wood Pellet, Curran Renewable Energy, American Wood Fibers, Lignetics Inc., Marth Peshtigo Pellet Co., Forest Energy Corp., Indeck Ladysmith, Energex, Spearfish Pellet Co., Michigan Wood Fuels LLC, Trae Fuels Ltd., Somerset Pellet Fuel, NWP Jasper and Georgia Biomass.

PFI Standards Program participants can display the PFI quality mark on their pellet bags, signifying their qualification to the program requirements. This quality mark demonstrates to consumers that the product comes from a facility that submits its product to regular third party audits by an independent accredited auditing agency and testing laboratory. Random audits are regularly performed at production facilities to ensure qualified companies are following a quality control program. Wood pellets are tested according to the program specifications, also on a monthly basis. By taking these steps, participants ensure that their pellet quality remains consistent.