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Dansons USA to Open Plant in Hope, Create 50-100 Jobs

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Dansons USA announced Wednesday that it will open the country’s largest barbecue wood pellet mill and distribution center, and create 50-100 jobs there over the next three years.

The site is that of the Georgia-Pacific plant that closed last year. The new facility will be approximately 335,000 SF and sit on 143 acres. It will initially start with three pelleters and a 100,000-ton capacity, but have the infrastructure for eventual expansion to 300,000 tons and nine pelleters.

The site will also serve as a distribution center for wood pellets as well as wood pellet barbecue grills. Its pellets will be made for the Pit Boss Grills and Louisiana Grills brands

Construction is in the final stages, and Dansons is aiming for a soft opening in the spring, spokesman Patrick Kurish told Arkansas Business by email. He also declined to disclose the total cost of the project but called it a “significant investment.”

“We are blessed to be able to expand our operation and open our new pellet mill location in Hope, Arkansas,” said Dansons President Jeff Thiessen in a news release. “The state of Arkansas has been the most welcoming, most friendly and most encouraging location we’ve ever done business in. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission, from the town, county and state level, has welcomed us with open arms from the onset of this project. As a family-owned business, the personal touches that have come from Governor Hutchinson and Secretary Preston’s offices, as well as those from Jack Thomas and Steve Harris with the state and local EDC, have meant a lot to us. We believe in relationships and people and we really like the people we are working with.”

According to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the company is eligible for three incentives: the Advantage Arkansas program, which provides a state income tax credit of 1% of total payroll; the Tax Back program, which provides sales tax refunds on building materials, taxable machinery and equipment; and $240,000 in Community Development Block Grant money.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said, “Dansons and Hope are a perfect match. Dansons needs wood. Arkansas has wood. Dansons needs a first-rate workforce. Arkansans are the hardest working and smartest employees anywhere. Dansons and Arkansas will set the standard for barbecue wood pellets, and soon grill masters will be serving barbecue with the distinctive taste of Arkansas.”

Hope Mayor Don Still said, “Dansons’ family-focused values are a great fit for Hope, and I look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the company in the future.”

Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said the facility would have a “huge impact on economic and community development in southwest Arkansas.”

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