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Pine Bluff Plant

Our facility in Pine Bluff, Arkansas delivered its first train of pellets in April 2017. This plant is expected to be fully operational in Q3 2017, several months ahead of schedule and below budget. The independent debt project finance for this project was achieved at the end of March 2016, and in what is a record for the industry, the entire manufacturing of our equipment was completed by the end of 2016. The facility is providing 68 full-time jobs to the local community and more than 450 direct jobs in the transport and forest industries supply chain. The direct annual economic benefit of our Pine Bluff facility is estimated at $77 million per year.


Astec, Inc. is the manufacturer for the majority of the equipment and is also acting as the “EPC” (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractor for Highland. We believe the Astec solution is the technology “version 2.0” of the industry, relying on an integrated engineering and manufacturing solution that provides standardization, modularity and speed to market. Andritz and Progress Industries are providing the pellet mill and wood yard equipment solutions that are also tested and have a terrific reputation in the market. Highland’s construction team is represented by Nexus PMG as independent engineer consultants and a top tier management team and staff has been recruited and led by our plant manager.

Future Locations

Highland intends to expand in the Southeast to build additional production capacity. Sites are under development in Arkansas, Mississippi and Georgia. All fiber supplied to these sites will be fully sustainable with a significant proportion coming from residual waste wood (shavings and sawdust) from local saw mills. Our pellets will be made to high-quality standards with low-ash content to enable use in the heating market, although their high calorific value of 18 GJ/MT also make our pellets attractive to the industrial market. The finished pellets will be transported by our logistic partners for export to the European and Asian markets.

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60 State Street, Suite 700
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Pine Bluff Plant
5601 Industrial Dr. North
Pine Bluff, AR 71602

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