Work has started on clearing the area for the new wood-based pellet facility in Bastrop.
Drax Biomass announced the project in December, 2013. The project is expected to create 63 new direct jobs, with 47 of the jobs located at the Bastrop wood pellet facility and 16 jobs at the shipping facility in Port Allen near Baton Rouge. LED estimates the project will result in an additional 143 indirect jobs in the state. Drax will ship wood pellets formed in Morehouse Parish to its U.K. Energy facilities for use in generating renewable power. “Drax could have invested in other states, but chose Louisiana because of our strong business climate and our incomparable workforce,” Governor Bobby Jindal said in December 2012 in a press release. “Drax's decision to invest here is not only good news for our economy and our workers, but also for our timber industry in this area.” The new work site appears to be making small impacts on business already reports Jennifer Morrow, owner of JB's Log Cabin Cafe. “We have already seen an increase in business since they started work out there,” Morrow said. Although they have begun work on the area, hiring has not yet started. “We'd encourage people to refrain from coming to the site to inquire for jobs,” Morehouse Economic Development Corporation President Kay King said, “Any job inquiries need to be directed to the Career Solutions Center or they can visit www.ldol.state.la.us.”