by Alton Porter
On a somewhat somber note, Executive Director Flint Brent of the Crockett Economic and Industrial Development Corporation brought the news of the closing of a manufacturing plant to city and county officials.
Brent told members of the Crockett City Council and Houston County Commissioners Court at separate meetings Monday and Tuesday, June 27 and 28, respectively, that Zilkha Biomass Crockett LLC is closing and moving the plant's operations to Selma, Alabama.
That information was confirmed by plant manager and engineer Binod Rijal, who referred media requests for information to officials at the company's Houston offices.
Before referring the Courier to the Houston office, Rijal confirmed that the Crockett plant had "about 25 employees" and had been in operation about six years. He said the plant manufactured wood pellets.
The Courier learned from another source that these pellets are referred to as "black pellets" and are burned by some entities in place of coal.
Brent opened his presentation to the council announcing, "Zilkha is closing its Crockett location and consolidating it with a processing plant in Selma, Ala. The Selma plant is capable of producing seven times (the amount of) the Crockett plant. Zilkha stated great admiration and respect for the (Crockett) community which has supported it for the last several years. The closure will result in the loss of 24 jobs and approximately $800,000 a year in salary....
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